Thamesville man hurt in plane crash

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Chatham-Kent police have not identified the man injured in a plane crash this morning near the airport, but they now say he is a 66-year-old Thamesville man.

Shortly after takeoff about 9:20 a.m. the plane, believed to be a single-seat 70% scale-model of a Supermarine Spitfire, a Second World War fighter plane, suffered a mechanical failure, police say.

The pilot tried unsuccessfully to return to the airport, but wound up making an emergency landing in a cornfield.

He suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash landing.

Transport Canada has been notified of the crash.

Chatham-Kent police gather outside a corn field east of the airport Friday.
Chatham-Kent police gather outside a corn field east of the airport Friday.

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