A small plane crashed shortly after taking off from Montgomery Airpark on Saturday afternoon, injuring the pilot and spilling fuel over a runway, according to the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

Pete Piringer, a fire department spokesman, said on Twitter that the plane was about 75 to 100 feet off the ground when it came down at the end of a runway shortly before 12:30 p.m.

The small airport is in the 7900 block of Airpark Road in Gaithersburg, about four miles east of I-270. The pilott, aho was said to be in his 50s, was taken to a hospital trauma center with serious injuries.

According to its Web site, the Airpark is owned by the Montgomery County Revenue Authority, a public corporation with a six-member board. The airport opened in 1959. Its 4,200-foot runway has instrument approach and can be used to relieve Ronald Reagan National Airport.

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