SHERIDAN — Two men were injured Tuesday morning after their plane suddenly crashed during take-off at the Sheridan/Grant County Municipal Airport.

SHERIDAN — Two men were injured Tuesday morning after their plane suddenly crashed during take-off at the Sheridan/Grant County Municipal Airport.

The pilot and owner of the Piper single engine aircraft, Warren V. Wilkerson, 76, of Grant County, was transported via Baptist Med Flight to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. A condition report was not available, however a hospital spokeswoman verified that a V. Wilkerson was being treated there.

A passenger, Wesley B. Griffin, 40, of Sheridan, was also injured. He was transported by ambulance to Jefferson Regional Medical Center at Pine Bluff. At 5 p.m., he was still being evaluated in the emergency room, a JRMC spokeswoman said.

The crash occurred at approximately 11:42 a.m., officials said. Wilkerson reportedly told rescuers that his plane’s controls malfunctioned as it was lifting off. It crashed nose-first into a stand of trees on the east side of the runway area.

Wilkerson was an experienced pilot flying for several years, officials said. Sources close to the investigation say the men called from their cell phones into dispatch themselves.

Both men had to be extricated by emergency responders. There was no fire but fuel was found leaking from the wreckage.

A team of Federal Aviation Administration investigators arrived later to determine the cause of the crash.