This single-engine airplane crashed after clipping an electrical wire during takeoff at Baublitz Commercial Airport in Lower Chanceford Twp. on Thursday,
This single-engine airplane crashed after clipping an electrical wire during takeoff at Baublitz Commercial Airport in Lower Chanceford Twp. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (John A. Pavoncello)

A student pilot and his instructor were hurt Thursday morning when a plane crashed in southern York County and caused a widespread power outage.

It happened about 10:35 a.m. at the Baublitz Commercial Airport, 373 Muddy Creek Forks Road in Chanceford Township.

The four-person single-engine airplane clipped an electrical line during takeoff and crashed, officials said.

The two men in the plane escaped with minor injuries, New Bridgeville Deputy Fire Chief Terry Snelbaker said.

Both were safely out of the plane when crews arrived, he said, and both were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

State police identified the pilot as Randy Shoemaker, 20, of Windsor, and said his passenger was 61-year-old Laurence Stone, also of Windsor.

Bruce Eveler, manager of the Baublitz Commercial Airport, said Shoemaker is a student pilot and Stone is his instructor.

But although Shoemaker was sitting in the pilot's seat, it was actually Stone who was manning the controls, according to Eveler.

Crashed in field: The plane crashed in a field about 100 yards south of the intersection of Muddy Creek Forks and Stamper roads, and about 50 yards off the road.

One of the men suffered a cut on his head and an injured wrist, according to officials at the scene.

The other person in the plane apparently suffered a broken nose and possibly a concussion, Eveler said.

Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police spokesman, said the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene.

Eveler confirmed the Piper Cherokee went down after clipping an electric line.

"The wires have been there for years, and were marked," he said. "They just didn't get the altitude they needed."

Snelbaker said the downed lines caused a widespread power outage.

A Met-Ed crew responded, but had to wait for the FAA to arrive before dealing with the downed lines, according to Snelbaker.

The outage: Met-Ed spokeswoman Karen Baxter said 240 customers were without power for about two hours.

"We had them all restored by about 12:45 (p.m.)," she said on Thursday afternoon.

Baublitz Commercial Airport was not affected by the crash, Eveler said.

He had to pause when asked when the last plane crash happened at the airport.

"It's probably 30 years since the last plane crashed here," he said. "But that's a guess."

Coincidentally, just after 11 a.m. 911 radio transmissions began for responders participating in a downed-aircraft drill at Memorial Hospital.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.