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UPDATE: Pilot of Plane Crash Upgraded to 'Fair Condition'

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As of Monday, officials at Ruby Memorial Hospital said Joseph Martin's condition is fair.  Martin was previously reported in critical condition.

Witnesses and neighbors identified Martin as the pilot of last week's crash.  However, authorities have not yet confirmed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash and said the investigation could take up to one year.


Colleagues, friends and neighbors of Joseph Martin confirmed he was the pilot involved in Sunday afternoon's plane crash.  Officials have not yet confirmed that information.

Friends of Martin tell WBOY Martin was performing a routine engine test when the plane suffered a problem and crashed.  The FAA could not confirm that information either.  But, according to the FAA, Martin's aircraft is classified as "experimental."

Friends also said Martin suffered injuries to his face, wrist, collar bone and both legs.  

Officials could not confirm injuries.

A witness and friend of the pilot said he and his wife saw it all unfold before the plane went down.

"He got over our house and he made a sputtering noise in the airplane and then all of a sudden the engine went dead," said Lewis Swann, a neighbor of the pilot. "My wife said he's going down. While she said he's going down, I was on the phone with 911.

The crash occurred behind Swann's home, however it did not occur on his property.

Swann said Emergency Responders acted quickly.

"They responded quickly," Swann said. "Approximately half an hour from when the plane went down, they had him in an ambulance treating him."

Swann said he saw the victim enter the ambulance and recognized him.

He could not comment on the specifics of his injuries, but said "he looked hurt."
Swann said the pilot is a frequent flier.

WBOY sources said this isn't Martin's first crash.  
Martin is a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Clarksburg and is a President of the Fairmont chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association.  

The FAA tells WBOY it will hand over its investigation to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Witnesses said Joseph Martin was flying the aircraft when it crashed.

After looking into the incident, WBOY has learned that Martin is also registered as the aircraft's owner.

--Original Story--

A single-engine, ultra-light aircraft crashed landed in Doddridge County just after 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The aircraft took off from a Doddridge County resident's back yard in Miletus and crashed on a wooded hillside.

A neighbor told WBOY that the pilot was trapped in the aircraft and crews were called in to extricate him.

Air Evac was called to the Salem Armory for the victim.

The name and condition of the victim is not available at this time, but we will be posting the most updated information here and on our Facebook page.


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