Pilot James Board, who built the aircraft with a kit, was uninjured in the crash.
Board tried to land the plane in a hayfield when it became clear he didn't have enough lift, Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliot said.
But Board didn't see a power line near the field as he attempted the emergency landing, Elliot said.
The small single-engine plane, registered through the Federal Aviation Administration as a Zenith 601 HD, caught a wing on the line and crashed into the trees about 6:45 p.m., Elliot said.
The trees "softened the blow," Elliot said. "The hardest hit he said he had was when he unbuckled and fell to the ground."
The plane had taken off from Stuart Powell Airfield in Boyle County.
It was an experimental, or kit plane, Elliot said.
"You can get a kit for eight grand or you can by a full aircraft for thousands and thousands of dollars," he said. "So this man got the kit."
FAA officials removed the plane from the crash site on Monday and are investigating the crash, Elliot said.
It was the second crash involving Stuart Powell Airfield in about a month, but this crash was in no way similar to the crash on July 18, Elliot said.
The plane that crashed in July had gone down while trying to land at the airfield to refuel, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said. The pilot in that crash suffered minor injuries.
Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Aircraft Model: CH601
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
AIRCRAFT CLIPPED SOME ELECTRICAL WIRES AND CRASHED BY A HIGHWAY. DANVILLE, KENTUCKY.
JAMES A. BOARD: http://registry.faa.gov/N740JB
BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT)- Drivers got quite a scare in Boyle County, Sunday night, when a plane crashed beside a highway.
Pilot James Board took off out of Stuart Powell Field and says it wasn't long before he felt something wasn't right. Board said he ascended to about 350 feet before the plane wouldn't climb any higher. Realizing he wouldn't make it back to the airport, Board began looking for places to land.
"I kept trying to keep away from houses and anything other than open fields," said Board. "I looked at the highway and it was a lot of traffic so I spotted this field and that's where I was heading. Of course I clipped the electric line and there is where I wound up in those cherry trees."
Boyle County Emergency Management Director, Mike Wilder, says the plane came crashing down near Highway 127, north of Junction City.
One woman, said she saw the plane spiral out of control.
"We turned around and plane was sputtering. He clipped the power line and he went right next door to the field. He just crashed right into the field," Marie Wethington said.
Luckily, Board walked away from the accident with only a few cuts on his hands and a bruised shoulder.
"We were just like, you just hit the power line, you're standing up. We were just really shocked that he was ok. I was the one needing more help after running over there," Wethington said.
The FAA was on scene Monday looking into what exactly went wrong with the airplane.
BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) - A pilot walked away with no injuries after the small plane he was flying crashed just outside of Danville Sunday night, emergency management officials say.
The crash happened just after 7 p.m. Sunday. Emergency management officials tell ABC 36 News that the struck some high tension wires and went down into some trees along Highway 127, just south of Danville.
"We are very fortunate," Mike Wilder, the director of Boyle County's emergency management says. The pilot was the only person on-board.
Wilder says small planes fly in and out of the Junction City airport all day long and it's a rare occurrence for a crash. But less than three weeks ago, Boyle County first responders rushed out to a different plane crash along Simpson Lane in Junction City.
"It's probably been 15-to-20 years since we've had any kind of incident involving an airplane in Boyle County and we've had two in the last month," Wilder says. "We are getting our share."
In the crash three weeks ago, the pilot, who was the only person on-board, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration will be sending a investigative team to the crash site Monday morning.
BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. —Drivers got quite a scare in Boyle County Sunday night, when a small aircraft crashed beside a highway.
Boyle County Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder said the plane went down near Highway 127, north of Junction City.
Wilder said the pilot was not injured.
Maire Wethington was at a yard sale nearby and saw the plane spiral out of control.
"We turned around and (the) plane was sputtering. He clipped the power line and he went right next door to the field. He just crashed right into the field," she said.
Officials have not said where the pilot was going or coming from.
They said the pilot was well enough to leave the scene with his family.
"We were just like, you just hit the power line, you're standing up. We were just really shocked that he was OK. I was the one needing more help after running over there," Wethington said.
The scene will remain secure until federal investigators can take a look at the crash scene.
A pilot walks away uninjured after crashing his small plane in Boyle county Sunday night. It happened about a half-mile south of Danville on Highway 127. Although the crash happened around 7 p.m., deputies will stay on the scene throughout the night to guard the scene until the FAA can investigate in the morning.
It's the second aviation accident in a month in Boyle County, and both pilots were fortunate enough to walk away. The plane that crashed Sunday evening is a small, single-engine plane. Emergency management officials say it clipped the power line on its way down, reducing the impact when it slammed into the trees and fence near the highway.
Officials say the pilot is a younger man. They're not sure where he's from or where he was going. He left shortly after the crash and refused any sort of medical treatment.
"He was still a little shaken up and a little frightened, but he said that he was glad to be alright, and that was basically it," said Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder.
This plane crash scene is located along the route of the World's Longest Yard Sale. Due to its location, officials are expecting higher traffic in the morning, meaning they're keeping the scene very secure as they wait for the FAA to arrive around 10 Monday morning.