Pilot injured when small plane crashes into SUV in Florida church parking lot

Plane crashes during Sunday service at Bartow Baptist church

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Associated Press

This small plane crashed into an SUV in the parking lot of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Bartow.

BARTOW, Fla. - A pilot was seriously injured Sunday when his small plane crashed into an SUV parked outside a Florida church.

Polk County Fire Rescue spokesman Kevin Watler said the plane went down during Sunday service at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Bartow.

Watler said two registered nurses who were attending church rushed out to assist the injured pilot until paramedics arrived.

The pilot was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Health.

Watler said six vehicles and a utility pole were damaged in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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