Photo: The flaming remains of a Maule M5 aircraft that crashed at Marshfield Airport on Friday. The plane was piloted by Douglas Olson of Yarmouthport.
MARSHFIELD – A Yarmouthport pilot suffered was injured after his single-engine plain crashed near the Marshfield airport shortly after taking off and bursting into flames Friday afternoon.
The pilot, a 68-year-old man identified in a WCVB report as Douglas Olson, got out of the plane on his own and was taken to a South Shore Hospital with leg injuries that were not considered life threatening, Fire Chief Kevin Robinson said. Olson was the only person onboard the plane when it crashed.
Robinson said the call came in at 3:36 p.m. reporting a plane on fire. The blaze touched off a small brush fire, which was extinguished by Marshfield firefighters. The plane was destroyed.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash, the agency said in a statement. The plane, a Maule M-5, had just taken off at the airport and was returning to land when it crashed into a tree.
Robinson said a street sweeper who was working at the airport saw the plane take off and then bank sharply. He rushed to the scene of the crash and then carried the injured pilot away from the wreck to the tree line, where he was carried by police and firefighters.
Kimberly O’Neill, who lives near the airport, said she heard a boom and could see the fire.
Robinson said that boom was the sound of the plane’s tires exploding.
Town Administrator Rocco Longo said a plume of black smoke could be seen from Town Hall 2 miles away on Friday afternoon.
The scene at the airport was quiet by nightfall when only a few neighbors and news trucks gathered at the airport’s main gate off Old Colony Lane.
The airport, George Harlow Field, is located about 2 miles east of the town’s central business district off Route 139.
Robinson said the last plane crash at the airport was in 2007 when a small plane crashed near the same spot. The pilot in that crash made it out with only a hand injury.
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