An octogenarian flying an experimental airplane crashed in San Simon Saturday evening.

The 80-year-old pilot suffered facial injuries and was flown via helicopter to a Tucson hospital, Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, said in a news release.

Deputies were called to the scene in the 1600 block of Third Street at about 6 p.m. and found the plane in an orchard, Capas said.

“The pilot was flying the aircraft from Phoenix to Las Cruces (New Mexico) where he was going to transfer it to a new owner,” Capas said. “The pilot landed the two-seat plane in San Simon to refuel and upon takeoff he snagged a power line causing the plane to go down in the orchard.”

The investigation is ongoing.

San Simon is located along Interstate 10, about 35 miles east of Willcox.

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