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Pilot seriously injured in crash

The pilot had to be cut from the wreckage. The pilot had to be cut from the wreckage.

August 1, 2007

Sumter County -- The 1983 Piper Cub airplane, owned and piloted by 57-year-old Billy Hodges, crashed about 100 yards south of the runway operated by Hodges Hobbies, five miles south of Andersonville.

Hodges, who has been a pilot since 1983, when he acquired the plane, was flying sightseers around the area, when it stalled in a turn, and simply fell out of the sky.

Hodges suffered a broken ankle, facial and head injuries. Rescuers had to cut away part of the plane to extricate him. He was taken to Flint River Community Hospital in Montezuma.

The passenger, who was not  identified, is in his late teens or early twenties. He was also taken for treatment, but was not seriously hurt.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration are expected to arrive on the scene about 3:30.

The area is considered a fire hazard, since there is still fuel in a wing tank.

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