RUSH TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) —  A local man is in the hospital tonight after crashing his hand-made airplane this morning. Witnesses tell Eyewitness News they saw the plane go up, and come straight down, crashing into a field next to the runway. 

“Well, I just saw it coming around the corner up there, it was coming down through it, took off, then a hard bang – we heard a loud bang,” said Josh Stauffer, witness. 

Josh Stauffer was outside at his family’s farm; he and his brother like to watch the planes land and take off from bendigo airport. But this time, it was much different. 

“I saw white smoke. Went running in, told my uncle ‘hey I think there’s an accident over there — an airplane crashed,'” said Stauffer. 

The Stauffer family rushed to the airport to help. They were the first to get there, and find the pilot trapped in the plane. 

The pilot, 60-year-old Herbert Rose of Sacramento, Schuylkill County, was removed from the aircraft by rescue crews. 

His physical injuries — a bloody face — from his teeth going through the skin of his chin. And responders worried about internal injuries — so rose was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. 

Brent miller // pa state police

“The investigators on scene with the FAA are looking into right now a possible medical emergecy that occured,” said Trooper Brent Miller, PA State Police. 

The Stauffer family says rose was complaining about vision loss when they found him. The FAA is looking into that, as well as mechanical errors that could have caused the crash. 

“He lifted off, and it just started going pretty much straight up, and to the left, like a rocket was taking off! And then you could tell it stalled,” said Gene Bendigo. 

Gene Bendigo says he sees Rose working in his hangar at the airport all the time. Saying, Rose spent five years building this plane by hand. 

“The hours that he put into that, he really did a good job building it, and to see it go down like that, it’s a shame. I don’t think he can rebuild it,” said Bendigo. 

Those FAA investigators on scene today will turn their data over to the National Transportation Safety Board. They will determine what exactly caused the crash.