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Pilot, passenger injured in Butts plane crash

An airplane pilot and his passenger were transported by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Friday, following a plane crash in Butts County, according to Butts County Sheriff Gene Pope.

The crash, involving a single-engine aircraft, occurred around 1:15 p.m., at Seven Lake Estates' private air strip, located in an unincorporated area of the county, said Pope.

He said the male pilot told him what happened inside the small plane:

"As it attempted to take off, he said, the plane started to yaw [or rotate] to the right," Pope said. "It lost altitude, skipped off the runway, bounced a couple of times, flipped over, struck a small hangar and came to rest upside-down."

Pope added that the pilot, and a female passenger, were taken by air to Grady, to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash.

The pilot, the sheriff said, is believed to have suffered head injuries in the accident.

"The pilot appeared to lose consciousness, before being life-flighted," Pope continued. "The passenger appeared to have some upper-torso impact injuries."

The sheriff did not immediately release the names of the pilot or the passenger. But he did say that neither individual is a resident of Butts County.

-- Jason Smith