A Damariscotta man walked away from a plane crash in Knox County with a broken arm and other minor injuries Sunday afternoon.
Police said that William Hamilton, 75, was attempting to take off in his 1949 Cessna 120 from the Knox County Regional Airport near Owls Head just after 2 p.m. when he realized the small plane wasn’t getting enough power to gain altitude.
Maine State Police Trooper Patrick Hood said Hamilton told him he reached an altitude of about 50 feet. While he was attempting to reverse direction in order to land, a wing clipped a tree and the plane crashed into a grassy field.
Hood said Hamilton was able to get out of the plane before it burst into flames. It was unclear Sunday evening whether Hamilton had assistance extricating himself from the wreckage.
The front half of the plane and both wings were destroyed in the crash and subsequent fire. There were no other injuries and no property was damaged in the accident.
Hamilton suffered a broken arm as well as cuts and scrapes during the crash. He was taken by ambulance to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport for treatment.
Hood said the Federal Aviation Administration plans to investigate the crash.