MONROE, La. — A small airplane crashed Tuesday in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in northeast Louisiana, injuring the pilot.
The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office says the pilot was airlifted to a Shreveport hospital. He was identified as Michael Ray Martin, 41, of Calhoun. His condition was unavailable. Martin was the only person aboard. There were no injuries on the ground.
The plane was upside down in the parking lot of a McDonald's after it crashed, between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
"It crashed after the pilot reported a problem with the airplane's fuel," Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Fort Worth, Texas, said in an email. "The aircraft clipped some treetops before coming to rest in the parking lot."
Lunsford said the plane was a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza. Federal investigators were heading to the scene.
FAA records identify the plane's owner as WFO Flying Service of Carmi, Illinois.
The News-Star of Monroe reported that the plane left Carmi Municipal Airport earlier Tuesday.
"It was a scary, scary thing," witness Lori Jones told the News-Star of Monroe. "It was not something I hope I ever see again.
"Thank God, he's alive," Jones said of the pilot. "And I hope he's going to be OK."