The small plane was being piloted by Michael Ray Martin. He crashed near the McDonald’s drive-thru and injured himself and a car in the lot. Martin, 41, had to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment. No one else was injured, reports Reuters.
The plane had taken off from the Carmi Municipal Airport in Illinois at 8:00 a.m. It crashed into the McDonald’s parking lot after clipping a tree while preparing to land at the Monroe Regional Airport, Reuters notes.
“Part of the plane is up against the McDonald’s sign post and it looks like maybe one car was damaged,” Ron Phillips, the Monroe Municipal Airport Manager, told The Daily Advertiser. “The plane broke apart but it doesn’t seem like any other major damage to any facilities around.”
According to The Los Angeles Times, the pilot had reported fuel issues to airport authorities shortly before the crash.