Pilot airlifted after plane crash at Centralia Airport

CENTRALIA — A small airplane crashed just before 11:30 Thursday morning at the Centralia Airport.

The pilot was reportedly the only occupant of the plane that the Federal Aviation Administration says crashed during landing. He was injured but awake and conscious when emergency personnel arrived at the crash scene. The FAA says the full investigation will take several weeks to complete

He was taken by ambulance to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia but was airlifted out a short time later.

Centralia police, LIfestar, and Centralia Fire Department responded to the crash.

The plane is a 1976 Cessna 172M fixed wing with a single engine. It’s owned by flight school Airgo Inc., and while it had seating for four occupants, the Airgo student pilot was alone in the plane at the time of the crash.