MANATEE COUNTY – A crash of a small, single–engine plane near Myakka City this afternoon sends a man to the hospital.

The crash occurred at the Rocky Creek Ranch at 38820 Taylor Rd.

The Sheriff’s Office tells us just before 2 pm, the pilot, Dennis Hertenstein of Lutz, crashed shortly after taking off.

Hertenstein suffered multiple leg fractures and was airlifted to a local hospital.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.