LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Two people were transported to the hospital Sunday following a single-engine plane crash in Limestone County.
It happened around 1:30 p.m. in the area of Bill Black Road and New Cut Road.
Officials said two people were on board when the plane went down on approach for landing, hitting power lines in the process. The owner of the air strip where the landing was attempted said the pilot reported catching wind shortly before the crash.
According to Federal Aviation Administration documentation, the plane is a fixed-wing, single-engine Piper Cherokee, and was built in 1963.
The plane is registered to Max Boone, a doctor from Athens, who was confirmed as the pilot in Sunday's crash. Boone has three years' experience flying on this air strip, but had only flown with the Piper for three months.
Witness Suntrez Murrah saw the plane's wheel hit a power line. He reported seeing sparks come from the lines, then hearing the aircraft hit the ground, followed by a woman's scream.
While Murrah called 911, David Appleton ran over to check out the crash site.
"The lady was trying to get out and we told her to stay still, help was on the way," Appleton said.
Owens Volunteer Fire Department was first on the scene. Firefighter Dennis Blakely said the pair were alert and talking when he arrived.
"The female patient was shook up," Blakely said. "The pilot, he was calm." Blakely heard Max Boone mention the wind had dropped him.
Boone and his wife Chris were taken from the scene by helicopter to Huntsville Hospital.
Hospital officials said both Max and Chris Boone were in critical condition Sunday night.
The FAA is conducting an investigation into the crash.