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Sheriff: Pilot rescued from plane after crash

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LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) -

Emergency crews say a man landed a plane in the treetops on purpose after having trouble with wind while trying to land at an air strip in Lancaster, South Carolina.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday near Shiloh Unity Road.

Investigators told WBTV that a 79-year-old man was flying the Cessna 140, and was attempting to land at Unity Air Strip when he aborted the landing due to wind. When he lined up for a re-approach, the wind again pushed his plane and he purposely landed in the trees.

From WBTV's Sky 3 a small aircraft could be seen in the treetops in a small portion of woods, with what appeared to be a grass runway nearby.

Emergency officials could also be seen around the area.

At 5 p.m., the Lancaster County Sheriff confirmed to WBTV that the pilot had been freed from the plane. He was not injured, and was alert and talking to emergency officials.

A crane was being called in to remove the plane from the treetops.

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