A man was taken by Lifeflight from Pekin Airport after a single-occupant plane crashed.

It happened Thursday afternoon around 3:30.

According to Pekin Police detective Mike Eeten, the plane was taking off, when it crashed back onto the runway.

The pilot was trapped in the plane, but was removed before Lifeflight arrived.

WMBD has a crew headed to the airport.


The pilot is now alert and conscious.

The plane was 20 to 30 feet in the air until it crashed to the ground.

The FAA has been notified about the crash at the airport, but is not at the scene.

No word on what caused the crash.