The experimental plane crashed behind 583 Oakland Road in Limestone. (Lee Talbert/Johnson City Press)
An experimental plane crashed in the Limestone area of Washington County on Thursday afternoon, sending the pilot of the plane to the hospital.
The plane, carrying James Leroy Braddock Sr., 71, 583 Oakland Road, and a male passenger reportedly took off from the field in front of Braddock’s home around 4 p.m. and as the plane returned to the same location around 4:30 p.m., it had a hard landing and overturned, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said Braddock was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated.
“We have ... nothing about him as far as his condition. We do know he’s awake and talking to everybody,” he said.
Braddock reportedly is the owner of the plane.
Graybeal said the WCSO, Limestone Volunteer Fire Department and the Washington County Emergency Management Agency responded to the scene of the crash.
“We’ve contacted all the proper people with the airport and everything to come in and see what we need to do before we leave,” he said. “The proper federal authorities have been contacted to let them know that they did have a plane crash.”
Graybeal said a lot of plane owners in the area have been known to use their own land as a runway and said “it’s not unusual to see somebody ... landing (on) their own property.”
The WCSO said the crash investigation was handed over to the National Transportation Safety Board.
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