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Rock Hill pilot's plane crashes in Chester County

A Rock Hill man was taken to Piedmont Medical Center on Thursday evening after his ultralight plane crashed in Chester County, authorities said.

The crash happened shortly before 5 p.m. in a field off of Allen Road, which connects to U.S. 21, said Eddie Murphy, Chester County emergency management director.

Stephen Crump was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed, Murphy said. The cause of the crash was unknown Thursday night.

Two farmers noticed the aircraft seemed to be flying erratically, Murphy said. When one heard the plane crash, he called the farmer who owned the land and that farmer went to the site. Crump also was able to call 911 from his cell phone, Murphy said.

The aircraft took off from Lancaster County, Murphy said. The owners of the plane will dismantle and remove it today, he said.

Murphy didn't know the extent of Crump's injuries but said he was able to walk.

A hospital spokeswoman said Crump was in fair condition Thursday night.

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