Small Okla. plane crashes, pilot taken to hospital

PURCELL, Okla. (AP) - A small plane has crashed in central Oklahoma.

The Highway Patrol said the plane clipped a tree and crashed Thursday night into the South Canadian River near Purcell, about 35 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Patrol officials said the pilot was the only person on board and was taken to a hospital. The pilot's name and condition haven't been released.

Capt. Chris West said the plane crashed about 400 yards south of Oklahoma Highway 39. He said the plane was under about four feet of water.

West didn't immediately return messages left Thursday night by The Associated Press.

KKOC-TV reported that the plane's tail number registration showed the plane was a Piper PA28-151 and registered to an Oklahoma City man.

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