(AP) - A single-engine plane crashed into a field near Knoxville shortly after taking off, and authorities say the pilot survived.

The pilot, identified as 59-year-old John Sanders, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center on Monday morning, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/vNfUfk).

Sanders was alert and conscious at the crash site, according to a man who rendered aid. His condition was not immediately available from the UT Medical Center.

Sanders works on airplanes, and the plane he was piloting had just taken off from a small private airstrip that he owns.

Nearby residents said they heard the plane sputter and then crash, according to the Knoxville newspaper.


Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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