Pilot recovering after Marshfield plane crash

Posted: 11/17/13 at 12:15 am EST

MARSHFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) -- The pilot of a small plane that crashed Friday afternoon in Marshfield was upgraded to fair condition Saturday.

A small plane crashed just outside the George Harlow Field in Marshfield on Friday at approximately 3:45 p.m.

According to the FAA, the A Maule M-5, general aviation aircraft, crashed into a tree. The aircraft had just departed the airport and was returning to land.

The pilot, 68-year-old Doug Olson Yarmouthport, was able to escape from the plane and was a safe distance away when first responders arrived.

People who live in the area of the crash said they could hear explosions, although they initially attributed them to construction.

"I heard a couple bangs, then I heard a lot of sirens. One of the bangs we heard was one of the tanks exploding," a neighbor said.

He was taken to South Shore Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“I was concerned for the pilot, that’s my first instinct. Me and my daughter are here all the time. It’s a part of my backyard in a sense, so my immediate concern was the pilot,” one woman said.

Fire and rescue officials are on the scene. The cause of the crash is under investigation; the FAA and NTSB will investigate.

Olson's neighbors said the man had just moved to Cape Cod with his wife this summer. They said his wife was with him and that he was doing ok.

Investigators are trying to find out what went wrong that caused Olson to turn around so quickly, the plane crashed just 100 yards from the airport.

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