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Small plane crashes at Marshfield Municipal Airport

A small plane crashed into a tree close to the Marshfield Municipal Airport-Harlow Field Friday afternoon, injuring the pilot and sparking a fire, officials said.

The single-engine plane had just left the airport at about 3:45 and was returning to make a landing, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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A representative of Shoreline Aviation Inc., which operates the airport, said only that the pilot, a 68-year-old Yarmouthport man, was on board the aircraft.

The pilot sustained injuries that were not considered life-threatening, and he was taken to South Shore Hospital.

The man is a commercial pilot with 17,000 hours of flying time under his belt, Marshfield Fire Captain Shaun Robinson said.

Robinson said he did not know the pilot’s identity.

The pilot was able to exit the plane on his own, said Robinson.

Construction workers at a nearby airport-expansion project helped him get out of the thick woods where the plane landed and to a location where an ambulance could meet him, Robinson said.

The FAA said it would investigate the incident.

John Ellement of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@
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