A small plane crashed in a Londonderry neighborhood Friday morning.

The FAA told Seacoast Current a Beechcraft 99 flown by Wiggins Air left Manchester-Boston Regional Airport around 7:30 a.m. and crashed shortly after takeoff. Only the pilot was on board.

Boston 25 News reported the plane went down in a yard on Colonial Drive about eight miles from the airport. A photo posted by WMUR shows the wreckage in a wooded area.

During a media briefing late Friday morning, Londonderry Fire Chief Bo Butler said the plane came to a rest 70 feet from a house.

It was a "really lucky day" for the pilot, who was pulled from the wreckage with serious injuries, Butler said. He was flown to a Boston hospital.

Crews are working to clean up approximately 250 gallons of jet fuel.

Flight path of Wiggins Air Flight 1046 1/26/24
Flight path of Wiggins Air Flight 1046 1/26/24 (FlightAware.com)

Flight 1046 was headed to Presque Isle International Airport in Maine to deliver cargo, according to Butler.

The NTSB will lead the investigation into the crash.

A pilot from Michigan died when his plane crashed into the Merrimack River off Reed Drive in Bedford in 2021 next to an apartment complex. The plane, a Swearingen SA-226, reported engine failure on its final approach to the Manchester airport.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via X (Twitter) @DanAlexanderNH

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