DEXTER – An East Corinth man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after his plane flipped over in Dexter Wednesday afternoon.
It happened at the Dexter Regional Airport just before noon.
Officials say the aircraft is a World War I replica.
They say 78-year-old Rodney Wright is an experienced pilot and he assembled the plane.
He was the only person on board when it overturned.
“I believe he was out here just making a few runs with it, getting a feel of the aircraft, which he had done one or two times before this,” said airport manager Roger Nelson. “Whatever happened, maybe it did lift a little bit for him, and when it did come down it looked like the wheel struts broke and it flipped over.”
Dexter Fire Chief Matthew Connor said Wright was taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by Life Flight helicopter with what appeared to be serious head injuries.
The runway will remain shut down.
Officials say the FAA will now look into the crash.