Pilot hospitalized after plane crashes in Tishomingo

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TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) -- An elderly man was sent to an Oklahoma City trauma center Saturday afternoon, after crashing his plane in Tishomingo.

"It was dramatic, we didn't know what to do. It was like panic mode." Aaron Mclean, who saw the aftermath of the crash, said.

Mclean and his brother Clayton Arles were taking a drive through the Tishomingo Wildlife Reserve Saturday afternoon, when they saw an injured man laying in the road.

"As I was getting out of the car, I looked down, and his pants was ripped down the whole length of his left leg, and you could see nothing but muscle and bone." Arles said.

They immediately took the man, who authorities said was in his 70s, to Mercy Hospital down the road, where he was careflighted to an Oklahoma City hospital.

The brothers say the man told them he landed at a nearby airport low on gas, but finding no fuel, tried to make it to Ardmore. But he ran out of fuel, and crashed while trying to land.

"I'm just glad something really bad didn't happen, that he made it out of the plane," Mclean said. "The looks of the plane, I don't know how anyone could've survived from that."

Arles says they helped lead police to the downed aircraft.

"It was like a big, old tornado hit it or something," Arles said. "It was just like a pancake."

Not only that, but the plane was hundreds of feet from the road, with heavy foliage and wired fencing.

"It still yet, puzzles me, because the fence that he had to make it over, I guess his adrenaline just had to be pumping, and hoping somebody would come and save his life." Arles said.

Which is why they both say they are thankful they were there.

"How did he make it through this, is what's going through my mind," Mclean said. "Its a miracle that he made it."

The man's current condition is unknown, but the men say the pilot was alert and awake when he left their care.

"The man's tougher than nails, I gotta give him that." Arles said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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