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GETTYSBURG — Authorities say a small plane crashed into trees near a central Pennsylvania airport, and the pilot was trapped for several hours but appeared uninjured.

Adams County emergency dispatchers said the crash near the Gettysburg airport was reported just before 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Several fire departments and emergency units were sent to the scene, where the plane could be seen lodged in branches.

The (Hanover) Evening Sun reported that the 87-year-old pilot was stuck in the plane about 50 feet off the ground for almost four hours. Crews applauded when he was hoisted down shortly before 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Russell McCutcheon of the Gettysburg Fire Department said he appeared to be uninjured. He said officials aren't sure whether it was taking off or landing when it crashed into the trees.

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