Lebanon plane crash sends pilot to hospital


LEBANON, Ind. (WISH) — A small plane crashed Monday in Lebanon, leaving the pilot with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

A single-engine plane landing on a grass strip at the Boone County Airport, 1600 E 250 S, crashed around 4 p.m., Sgt. Ben Phelps with Lebanon Police Department confirmed. 

After the wheels of the 1972 Houlihan RTH Jungster Bi-Plane touched down, the aircraft flipped over and landed upside down. 

The pilot, 55-year-old James Petko, of Mishawaka, was the sole occupant, and was able to get himself out of the plane before authorities arrived. He was taken to an Indianapolis hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

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