A Lafayette man drove himself to an area hospital Friday afternoon after crashing his experimental aerobatics plane into a field behind Midland High School in Acadia Parish.
"He deployed his parachute, ejected himself from the plane, crashed the plane did not catch fire. The pilot who is from Lafayette sustained minor injuries to a foot," said Maxine Trahan, a spokeswoman for Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office.
Trahan says the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office deputies came to 1200 block of Airport Road in Midland to find the pilot and wreckage in a farm field.
"At an altitude of 3,000 feet the plane started having trouble. When he reached an altitude of 2,500 feet he advised that he deployed his parachute," said Trahan.
Trahan could not release the age or identity of the man or where he flew out of and says the investigation is ongoing.
The crash was a couple hundred yards from Midland High School, neither individuals nor school property were affected. But Tiffany DeVille, whose family owns the property where the plane landed, was left as of Friday afternoon with the mess.
"We saw the wreckage of the plane on the property next to us, which is our uncle's, we got a little closer so we could see everything up close. It didn't look too good, I hope everything is fine with the driver," said DeVille
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