Man flown to UVA Medical Center after small plane crash

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A Shenandoah Valley man had a close brush with death when his plane took a nose dive shortly after take-off.

Rockingham County Fire crews had to work quickly on the small Piper-type plane to get the pilot out.

He was then flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center with serious injuries.

Virginia State Police confirmed the pilot is 65-year-old Walter Embree of Harrisonburg.

Officers say his 22-year-old son was also in the plane but suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sentara RMH.

According to officers on scene, it looks like Embree was trying to take-off form his private air strip but was not able to gain enough speed and crashed into some trees.

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