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Butler County plane crash 911 calls: ‘They’re gonna have to extricate him’

The pilot of a plane that crashed this morning at the Butler County Airport was breathing but unconscious and not responsive, according to one of several 911 callers.

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The caller estimated the pilot’s age at about 60 years old.

“His breathing is labored and slow,” the caller said, adding “there is no smoke or fire at the scene.”

The pilot was the only person in the plane, according to the caller.

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The caller told the 911 dispatcher that he was reaching into the plane’s cockpit to get the man’s vital signs.

“They’re gonna have to extricate him,” the caller said.

Later in the call as Air Care arrives, the pilot seems to be “coming to” as emergency responders tell him repeatedly not to move and loud moans can be heard.

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“He hit pretty hard,” a witness at the scene told a 911 dispatcher, describing the plane crash on the west end of the runway.

“They were off the runway and their engine quit,” said the caller, who was inside one of the airport’s hangars. “He was trying to turn back around.”

That caller described the plane involved in the crash as a monoplane, which is an airplane with one pair of wings.

“I don’t see nothing but the plane broke in half,” another 911 caller said.

That caller said it appeared one of the plane’s wings had snapped off and the other was bent.

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