A pilot in a small plane crash in the Town of Mukwa Sunday was rescued by nearby residents shortly before the plane’s fuel tank exploded. The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department says the plane crashed at Poppy’s Flying Acres airfield off Faskell Road around 4:20 pm. Several neighbors heard the engine sputtering and got to the crash scene quickly, pulling the pilot about 25 feet from the wreckage before the explosion. The plane was a total loss. The pilot was taken to New London’s ThedaCare Hospital. The FAA has been called in to investigate the crash.