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Pilot overturns aircraft shortly after takeoff in North Idaho plane crash

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Pilot overturns aircraft shortly after takeoff in North Idaho plane crash

Pilot overturns aircraft shortly after takeoff in North Idaho plane crash

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office identified the man injured in an aircraft crash at the Coeur d'Alene Airport on Friday.

Thanks for staying up with us, i'm aaron luna this is nightside.first responders are calling it rare.

A plane comes crashing down at the coeur d alene airport.

Now the pilot is in the hospital with serious injuries..

Kyle simchuk was at the scene - learning more about what happened the pilot is being identified as 51 year old thomas stotts of spokane.

The kootenai county sheriff's office says he was taking off in an ultralight aircraft when he crashed into a field off the first responders found stotts pinned underneath the aircraft.

It took fire crews about five minutes to extricate him, they also noticed fuel leaking and took steps to make sure the ultralight didn't catch fire.

Northern lakes fire tells us they train at the coeur d'alene airport each year and while crashes are incredibly rare, first responders are prepared for them.

17:38:40 chris larson / northern lakes fire "this is a rare event.

Coeur d'alene airport has a great history of safety out here.

As being in the fire district for 20 years this is a very rare event.":12 one of the two runways at the coeur d'alene airport is now closed as the ntsb and faa investigate.

Stotts is in the hospital with serious, but not life threatening injuries.

Deputies say drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor -- they're still trying to figure out what caused the crash.

Kris.




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