LAKE PLEASANT - Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies were called out to Lake Pleasant Thursday night to search for a missing plane.
Peoria police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto said the pilot's wife reported him missing when he didn't come home on time.
The woman told authorities, the plane is a homebuilt Ran S-4 Coyotea and is not equipped to fly at night.
Crews were able to locate the aircraft around 9:30 p.m. The pilot was transported to a nearby marina to be checked out by Peoria fire paramedics.
Authorities said the man was safe and only slightly injured. They found him when search crews spotted a campfire in an unusual location.
Jacinto said the pilot was the only person on board the plane that crashed around 4 p.m.
He was reunited with his family late Thursday night.