CHESTERVILLE — A Skowhegan pilot suffered minor injuries Tuesday when his single-engine, fixed-wing floatplane crashed in a field 300 to 400 feet off Egypt Pond Road, Franklin County Sheriff’s dispatcher Blaine Rackliff said.

Parker H. Tyler, 62, the sole occupant of the plane, was trying to land on Egypt Pond when he had some issues and crashed in the field, Rackliff said. He declined to say what those issues were but said they were not mechanical.

NorthStar Emergency Medical Services medics evaluated Tyler at the scene, but he was not transported to a hospital, Rackliff said. Tyler was able to extricate himself from the plane and walked to the road. The crash scene was located nearly across from the Egypt Pond boat launch.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector planned to be at the crash scene on Wednesday, Rackliff said.

Franklin County deputies Sandy Burke and Cpl. Nate Bean responded to the crash reported at 1:53 p.m., along with firefighters from Chesterville and Mount Vernon, Franklin County Emergency Management Director Tim Hardy said.

Firefighters had taped off the road and entrance to a driveway that led to the crash site with yellow tape. The plane was not visible from the road, located off Tower Road, which is off Route 41.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection was notified that fuel, about 50 gallons, had leaked from the plane.

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Franklin County Emergency Management Director Tim Hardy, left, talks with Chesterville firefighter Ed Hastings after a Skowhegan man, Parker H. Tyler, 62, crashed his plane in a field Tuesday beyond the firetruck seen in the picture.


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