A single-engine plane crashed in a field near Greenbrier Valley Airport on Monday afternoon, Greenbrier County Emergency Operations dispatchers reported.

The crash was reported at 1:01 p.m., just after the plane had left the airport and crashed into a nearby field.

Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department Chief Wayne Pennington said firefighters extricated the pilot — who was the only passenger — from the wreckage and that he was transported via helicopter to an unidentified regional hospital.

Pennington said the pilot had serious injuries but that the extent of the injuries was unknown Monday afternoon.

The pilot was not a local resident, Pennington added.

The incident is under investigation by Cpl. H.F. Blevins and Sgt. W.A. Pendleton of the West Virginia State Police, Pennington reported.

Firefighters from Lewisburg Volunteer, Fairlea and Frankford Volunteer fire departments responded to the crash, along with Greenbrier County Ambulance Service and Northern Greenbrier Ambulance.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration had been informed of the crash Monday afternoon, and crews from the Civil Air Patrol and State Police were guarding the craft wreckage overnight, said Pennington.

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