Firefighters and first responders were dispatched by Adams County Communications at 12:27 p.m. and were on scene by 12:40 p.m. Gettysburg Fire Chief Hurshel Shank was the incident commander. Initially, responders were going to attempt a helicopter rescue, but decided against that plan when they decided the rotor wash might push the plane out of the trees. Crews from the Frederick City Advanced Tactical Rescue and York City Advanced Tactical Rescue led a rope extrication.
Once crews were able to reach the plane, the pilot was strapped into a safety harness and lowered to the ground. Safely getting the pilot out of the plane and on the ground took rescuers almost four hours. During that time, the pilot remained in good spirits. Following the rescue, the pilot was taken to Gettysburg Hospital for evaluation with only minor injuries.
More than 70 volunteers and public safety personnel responded to the incident, including several area fire departments, Maryland State Police Air Unit, Adams Regional EMS, and Cumberland Township Police.
Gettysburg Regional Airport is open. The plane remains in the trees west of the runway, but poses no danger to any aircraft arriving or departing. Investigation of the incident is underway. No cause for the crash has been determined at this time.