An airplane crashed at the East Kansas City Airport in Grain Valley Tuesday, seriously injuring the pilot.
According to Grain Valley Police, a single engine aircraft crashed while attempting to land at approximately 2 p.m. However, police also said that witnesses at the scene reported a gust of wind caused the airplane to flip over during takeoff. The crash is now being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The male pilot, who was the sole occupant of the plane, was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive. His identity has not been released.
The tail number on the crashed plane indicated that it was an amateur-built aircraft with a Viking 110 engine, according to the FAA Registry. Also, the plane’s classification was listed as “experimental” and the registered owner is from Mayview, Missouri.