Updated at 1:10 p.m. Saturday with the men’s conditions

Perry Fielding remains in the hospital in fair condition, according to a nursing supervisor at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Jeff Greenleaf was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital, the supervisor said.

 

12 a.m. Saturday

SCARBOROUGH – Two Scarborough men were injured Friday evening when the experimental single-engine plane they were flying crashed nose-first in a field shortly after takeoff.

Fire Chief Michael Thurlow said Perry Fielding, 63, and Jeff Greenleaf, 40, were taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland with injuries that were significant but not considered life-threatening. Their conditions were not available late Friday.

Their plane took off from a private airstrip off Ross Road, behind Bayley’s Campground, soon after 6 p.m.

The plane got about 100 feet into the air, then crashed into the ground.

There was no fire or explosion, Thurlow said.

Greenleaf, the younger man, got out of the plane and called 911.

He then helped Fielding from the plane. Both men were bleeding and conscious when emergency workers arrived, Thurlow said.

The call came in at 6:18 p.m.

“They said they only got up about 100 feet. They’re not sure what happened before they lost lift,” Thurlow said.

After the crash, the red plane was stuck in the ground with its tail in the air. One wing was broken off nearly entirely, and the other had sustained significant damage on a tip. The cockpit was shattered, as was the propeller.

Thurlow described the plane as experimental but offered no other details. He was not sure who owns the plane. Fielding was the pilot.

The chief said an investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board was en route to Scarborough to investigate.

The plane took off from a private airstrip owned by Fred Bayley.

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