06/02/2014 02:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Pilot Seriously Injured In Plane Crash At Yellowstone National Park

A 54-year-old pilot was seriously injured when his single-engine airplane crashed inside Yellowstone National Park, officials say.

The unidentified man was removed from the a heap of twisted metal near the community of Gardiner, Montana, shortly after the 8:30 a.m. crash, according to a National Park Service press release. He was airlifted to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment.

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The accident site was south of Gardiner Airport, north of Gardiner Cemetery and east of Yellowstone Trail.

It wasn't immediately clear what brought down the Aero Commander, a plane designed to carry a pilot and no passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are on the scene investigating.

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