Pilot airlifted to hospital after small plane crashes near Batesville airport

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BATESVILLE, Ind. — Franklin County troopers and emergency crews responded to a small plane crash Wednesday near Batesville Aviation Service Airport.

The crash occurred near Three Mile Road and Enochsburg Road around 11:45 a.m.

An initial investigation determined that the plane was a homemade ultralight single person aircraft.

The pilot, Terry C. Fruchtnicht, 50, took off from the airport and soon experienced a mechanical problem.  The aircraft then went down in a heavily wooded area not far from the airport.

Fruchtnicht was the lone occupant of the aircraft. He was extricated after crews worked for 30 minutes to free him from the plane.

Fruchtnicht was conscious and alert at the scene.  He suffered serious injuries and was flown by medical helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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