SOUTH THOMASTON — A 75-year-old pilot from Damariscotta survived the crash of his single-engine plane this afternoon shortly after taking off from the Knox County Regional Airport.

The Maine State Police, which investigated the crash, identified the pilot as William Hamilton.

Hamilton’s plane lost power, clipped a tree and crashed in a field next to Route 73 in South Thomaston, near the Owls Head town line, state police said.

Owls Head Fire Chief Frank Ross III was one of the first emergency responders to arrive at the crash site.

“The plane was on fire when we arrived,” Ross said.

State police described Hamilton’s injuries as minor. The Cessna 120 was destroyed.