LINCOLN CO. ( – A pilot suffered a broken arm after a small plane crashed in Lincoln County Thursday.

Missouri State Highway Patrol officials said pilot Mike Fleming was the only person on the plane when it crashed at Wolf Creek Road and Highway U around noon. According to authorities, the narrow private road doubles as a private airstrip.

“I was in the house making lunch and I heard what sounded like an empty dump truck coming down a gravel road,” said Fleming’s neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous.

The crash happened just a few feet from the man’s home.

“I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I just stood over here,” he said. “So I went over there and he put his arm around my shoulders and we lifted him up and got him out over it.”

Following the crash, Fleming was taken to the local hospital for treatment. Despite the heavy damage done to the aircraft itself, Fleming suffered only a broken hand and arm.

“Could definitely have been a lot worse. when we got over there fuel was pouring out and it could’ve caught on fire,” said Ron MacKnight, Fire Chief for Wright City. “We always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and this is one of those best case scenarios.”