WADDY, Ky. (WHAS11) – The FAA is investigating a plane crash just southeast of Shelbyville. It happened at the Miles Field airstrip in Waddy, Kentucky Sunday evening.
According to FAA officials, the experimental aircraft crashed 200 feet from the end of a private airstrip in Shelby County around 5 p.m. Sunday. The aircraft was taking off when the accident occurred.
Officials said only the pilot was on board the plane. He was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital. Earlier Sunday evening, officials described his injuries as critical, but there's no update on his condition at this time.
As far as the investigation goes, it's still too early to say what could've led to the crash. Officials have confirmed fuel was leaking from the plane, but the leak was contained. So, it didn't pose a danger at the crash site.
The woman who lives in a home at Miles Field said it’s been a private grass strip for years. She told WHAS11 it’s very common to hear the sound of planes outside her home. She didn’t hear a loud bang or burst when the plane crashed, just the sirens that followed. She said she’s shaken up by the accident and just hopes the pilot survives.
The pilot’s name hasn’t been released. The plane’s tail number is also not available yet, but the woman who lives at the airport said small, recreational aircrafts are common at Miles Field.
The FAA will investigate the cause of the crash starting Monday morning.