CARTHAGE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A small plane crashed into a field in Carthage, Tennessee, on Wednesday, injuring the lone pilot.

It happened on McCall Street just after 3:30 p.m., according to EMS officials.

LifeFlight was called to the scene and transported the victim to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with injuries to the lower legs.

The pilot was identified as Collin McDonald by County Mayor Michael Nesbitt. Vanderbilt officials confirmed he is in stable condition.

WATE 6 On Your Side’s sister station WKRN interviewed McDonald this past May as the MTSU student took off for a 7,000 miles flight across the United States as part of his undergraduate thesis in aerospace studies.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Maule aircraft made a forced landing. It plans to investigate.