Small plane crashes in strip mall parking lot, pilot injured

PUYALLUP (AP) —  Authorities say the pilot of a small plane crashed in the parking lot of a Pierce County strip mall shopping center. KOMO reports the male pilot was flying alone in what appeared to be a Cessna plane. Authorities said the pilot was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries after the crash, which occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday. No other injuries were reported. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the crash and officials from the National Transportation Safety Board were said to be en route to the scene.