Plane crashes into field in Longmont, USA

Plane Crash Alert

A Longmont pilot crashed his single-engine airplane in a field west of N. 75th Street this morning, though he managed to escape the wreck with only minor injuries.
 
The pilot was the only person aboard the plane at the time of the 10:15 a.m. crash, according to a news release from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of the crash is unknown.
 
David Shenk, 74, was taking off from Longmont’s Vance Brand Municipal Airport, when the engine of his 1946 Aeronca Champ lost power. Unable to climb, Shenk was forced to navigate the aircraft through traffic on N. 75th Street, passing between nearby power lines before crashing in a field some 20 yards west of the roadway.
 
Sheriff’s deputies, as well as Longmont Police and Fire, responded to the crash. Shenk had been able to exit the plane, and was waiting for emergency personnel when they arrived. He suffered only minor injuries to his lower arms, and was released after an evaluation, Boulder Sheriff’s Cmdr. Mike Wagner said.
 
The plane, based out of Vance Brand, came to rest on its nose and was slightly inverted. The crash ended its first flight of the day. Shenk intended to fly locally, ending at Erie Municipal Airport.
 
The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane will remain at the scene of the crash until the on-site investigation is complete.
Courtesy of dailycamera.com

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