By ADELE UPHAUS-CONNER – The Free Lance-Star

FREDERICKSBURG — Virginia State Police responded to a plane crash Friday morning just outside Shannon Airport.

A private, ultralight craft crashed on federal land just outside the airport, near Slaughter Pen Farm Historic Site, at about 7:45 a.m.

One person, the pilot, received treatment at the scene and was taken to Mary Washington Hospital with serious injuries, state police said. There was no one else on board.

Joe Leffel, who works at Zentech next to the airport, said he was watching the ultralight before he went into work that morning.

“The pilot was taking off and going a hundred feet or so down the runway, then landing again,” Leffel wrote in an email to the Free Lance–Star. “I assume he was practicing his takeoff and landing at short distances to get the feel of the plane.”