Ultralight plane crashes in Lawrence

LAWRENCE, Kan. - An ultralight plane crashed in a field in Lawrence on Wednesday afternoon.

A witness saw the pilot take off briefly, but before getting too far off the ground, the plane hit trees and a fence on the property of his home on N. 1300 Rd in Douglas County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Lt. Keith Hudson said when first responders arrived at the home shortly after the crash at 12:40 p.m., the pilot was carried out of the wreckage on a stretcher and airlifted to the hospital.

The pilot has been identified as Dennis McNish by his family, who are asking for thoughts and prayers for him. The crash occurred near his normal take-off and landing point at his home.

McNish was the only person on board during the crash. He was flown by air ambulance to University of Kansas Hospital, and his family says he's now able to communicate but has several broken bones.

His granddaughter, who is a senior at Lawrence High School, was called home from school early after hearing her grandfather was hurt. Rebecka Chamberlain said her grandfather loves flying, and she's flown with him since she was a little girl.

She said her grandfather had recently bought the plane and was planning to take her up on a flight sometime soon.

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