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Colorado Pilot Unharmed After Homebuilt Aircraft Crashes Near Itasca

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Texas Department of Public Safety

The pilot of an experimental Van's RV-7A aircraft is OK after after running out of fuel and crashing in Hill County, the Texas Department of Public Safety says.[[448707173,R]]

The pilot, a 57-year-old whose name has not yet been released, was flying the single-engine plane from Houston to Colorado when he ran out of fuel at about 12:45 p.m. north of Itasca.

The pilot tried to make an emergency landing in a plowed field west of Interstate 35W, but struck a power line on the descent and crashed into the ground where the plane flipped over.

Trapped inside the plane, the pilot called 911 and notified them of his location and that he needed help getting out of the aircraft.

Texas Department of Public Safety
The pilot of a Van's RV-7A is OK after running out of fuel and crash landing near Itasca, Texas, Sept. 29, 2017.

Rescuers arrived, freed the pilot and treated him at the scene for minor injuries. The pilot was the only person on board and no other injuries were reported.

The Van's RV-7/7A aircraft is kit aircraft typically built at home by pilots. The 2004 two-seater aircraft was registered to CSM Aviation LLC out of Boulder, Colorado.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

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