Pilot suffers leg injuries after plane crash in Bagdad

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

BAGDAD, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities in north-central Arizona say a home-built aircraft has crashed near the Bagdad airstrip but the pilot suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Yavapai County Sheriff's officials say deputies were dispatched to the airstrip around noon Friday.

They say 79-year-old Donald Low of Bagdad was the only person aboard. He suffered injuries mainly to his right leg and was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment.

The plane was a home-built light-weight aircraft with a 35-horsepower engine and single seat.

Low told deputies he was taking off for a test flight when a wind gust hit one of the struts causing the wing to bend. He was unable to control the plane at that point and crashed.

National Transportation Safety Board officials have been notified of the incident and are investigating.

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