By Geoff Folsom

A pilot suffered apparently minor injuries when the small plane he was flying crashed Saturday, Dec. 30, just north of Washington Regional Airport, according to Marthasville Fire Protection District Chief Sean Johnson.

Emergency workers were dispatched to the crash at 2:14 p.m. and found the four-seat plane, which took off heading north, upright and off the runway. Johnson said the pilot, who was not named, was already out of the plane, and was then transported to an area hospital.

The pilot was the only person in the plane, Johnson said.

Working with Marthasville Fire on the crash investigation are the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, Johnson said.

Close to 30 emergency workers responded to the crash, also including responders from the Marthasville Ambulance District, Washington Fire Department, Washington Ambulance District, Washington Police Department, Warren County 911 center, and Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

“We appreciate all the mutual aid companies coming to assist us,” Johnson said, noting that Airport Director Kevin Hellmann was also a “great help.”