A small plane crashed into a tree close to the Marshfield Municipal Airport-Harlow Field Friday afternoon, injuring the pilot and sparking a fire, officials said.
The incident, which involved a Maule M-5 general aviation aircraft, happened at about 3:45 p.m. The single-engine plane had just left the airport and was returning to make a landing, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.
“Yes, we had an aircraft incident,” said a representative of Shoreline Aviation Inc., which operates the airport.
He said the aircraft had only the pilot on board. The pilot sustained injuries that were not considered life-threatening and was transported to South Shore Hospital, the Shoreline Aviation official said.
The crash also caused a small fire, he said. The FAA said it would investigate the incident.
A Marshfield public safety dispatcher confirmed that an “incident” had been reported but could provide no further details.
The airport serves aircraft ranging from single-engine planes to light jets, according to its website. The continued to operate as usual after the crash, a spokesman said.John Ellement of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Melissa Hanson can be reached at email@example.com. Martin Finucane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.