SEARSMONT — A small plane crashed into an open area at 61 Lime Kiln Road Saturday, Aug. 13. The pilot was taken to the hospital, according to Searsmont Fire Chief James Ames.

The Searsmont Fire Department responded to the crash at 2:08 p.m., Ames said. The pilot told first responders that the plane started sputtering and spitting so he tried to get back to ground safely before crashing down from about 100 feet in the air.

Searsmont Ambulance took the pilot to the hospital after members of the Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to free him from the plane, according to Ames. Belfast Ambulance responded as backup, but no mutual aid was needed for the Fire Department. As of Aug. 16, Ames did not know the cause of the crash.