Pilot rescued after plane crashes into tree in Lancaster Co.

adouglas@heraldonline.comApril 18, 2013 

A small, one-engine plane crashed into a tree Thursday afternoon in Lancaster County.

Around 2:40 p.m. Thursday, emergency responders started looking for the plane after someone called 911 saying the aircraft was trapped in a tree near an airstrip on Shiloh Unity Road.

After several minutes of searching the wooded area, authorities found the plane wrapped around a tree and the pilot stuck 25 to 30 feet above the ground.

The pilot, identified as Jerry Wiese, is expected to be OK.

The plane was registered out of Monroe, N.C., and investigators are trying to figure out where it took off from, where it was going and why it ended up in the trees.

"I heard a loud noise, and it sounded like a crash," said Les Kanna, a pilot who helped find the plane. "(I) jumped in my airplane and flew around to locate it," Kanna said. "It took me forever to find it."

"Glad it turned out the way it turned out," Kanna said.

Kanna credits Weise's experience.

"More than 50 years flight experience, and just a wonderful thing that he was able to get it into the trees the way he did, and it turned out the way it did," Kanna said. "It could have turned out much worse."

Weise's neighbors are also happy to hear that he's OK.

"He'll get back on that horse and ride it again, hopefully," Vic Little said.

Wiese was the only person in the plane.

Associated Press and WSOC-TV contributed

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