WORCESTER, Mass. —A small plane crashed into a wooded area at Worcester Airport Saturday morning, killing the pilot.
The 1996 Mooney M20M single-engine plane went off the runway as it was attempting to take off, Worcester Fire Department Deputy Chief John Sullivan said.
“It was very low. It went up a little bit and then spun over, almost upside down, and then just went straight down,” said Dylon DeBoise, who works near the airport.
The plane veered to the right and crashed into trees adjacent to airport property near Coppage Road.
Authorities say the pilot, Gary Weller, 66, from Putnam, Connecticut, was pronounced dead after transport to UMass Medical Center in Worcester. Weller was the only one in the plane when it crashed.
No flight plan was filed and where he was going is unknown at this time.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.