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Posted at 8:52 PM ET, 05/20/2010

Small plane goes off runway in Md.

By Terri Rupar

A pilot was trapped inside of a small plane Thursday evening after it ran off a private runway in the Brandywine area, Prince George's County fire officials said.

Firefighters were call to the 15200 block of Letcher Road about 7:30 p.m., where they found an "ultra light aircraft" in the woods near a runway, said Mark Brady, a fire department spokesman.

The incident happened at a private residence as the plane was taking off, Maryland State police said. The man who was piloting the plane suffered a broken back, police said. Mark Brady said the pilot is in his 50s and was taken to a hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

State police are investigating the incident.

--Clarence Williams

By Terri Rupar  | May 20, 2010; 8:52 PM ET
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