- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The pilot of a vintage airplane has been knocked over by the craft’s tail and was being treated for a head injury at a Pittsburgh hospital.

John Neckerauer, the manager of the Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport, says the pilot named John Warner was hurt Monday.

Warner is affiliated with the Experimental Aircraft Association of Pittsburgh and injured after starting an Aeronca Champ. The 1946, single-engine craft doesn’t have a starter, so its propeller must be pulled by hand to start the engine.

The airport manager says Warner had started the aircraft and it taxied toward a hangar as Warner gave chase. When the plane hit the hangar, its tail flipped Warner onto the asphalt, injuring his head.

Warner’s condition and the hospital where he was being treated were not immediately available.

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