ROANOKE (CBSDFW.COM) – A pilot taking off from Northwest Regional Airport outside of Roanoke hit a small snag as he lifted his experimental biplane off the ground.

The pilot, who was flying a single seat ‘Toot’ plane, was 20 feet off the ground when his engine began to give out, losing power and landing beyond the airport’s south runway.

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(credit: CBS 11 News)

(credit: CBS 11 News)

The plane went through a white fence and into a barbed wire fence, flipping the lightweight plane on its back.

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The pilot, Phil Witt, was uninjured in the crash, save for a few scratches.  His plane was damaged.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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