Pilot in critical condition after plane crash

TOWER CITY, Pa. (WHTM) – A Schuylkill County pilot flown to a hospital after his small plane crashed in northern Dauphin County is in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Herbert Rose, 60, of Sacramento, crashed Wednesday morning after taking off from the Bendigo Airport in Rush Township, near Tower City. Officials said he spoke to rescuers before he was flown by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

No one else was on board.

An airport manager said Rose built the experimental amateur wooden plane, a Pietenpol Air Camper, and received FAA approval to fly it in the spring. Wednesday was not the first time he flew it.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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