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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Four men were hospitalized after a small aircraft crashed on Seneca Golf Course late last night near Bowman Field.
The plane went down before 10:30 p.m. on June 11 near the 18th hole of the Seneca Golf Course, which is next to the small airport.
Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says four men believed to be in their early 20s were trapped inside and had to be pulled out. All were conscious and taken to University Hospital where all of them are listed in critical condition.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was a Cessna 172 and that preliminary indications are that the plane was practicing takeoffs and landings when the crash happened.
Crews from Louisville Fire & Rescue contained a fuel leak from the plane.
A neighbor, who is a commercial pilot at Bowman Field, says the crash itself didn't wake him -- but all of the commotion and sirens did.
Once James Chaney found out a plane had crashed, he had to come take a look. "It's definitely a concern. It's kind of an eye opener," he said.
Kirk Brown, the Assistant Superintendent at the course, was not aware there had been a crash until he saw our news crews early Thursday.
When he found out what happened, he was amazed the four people inside survived.
"The plane looks destroyed," Brown said. "It looks like someone would pass away in something like this."
Meanwhile, the golf course remains open -- including the 18th hole where the plane went down. It will be a par three instead of a par four.