Plane forced down in Westminster was on DEA mission

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- A small plane that made a hard landing in Westminster Thursday afternoon belongs to the Drug Enforcement Administration, officials confirmed.

The plane, which touched down in a field shortly before 4 p.m., experienced mechanical issues and was landed safely, according to police. The pilot and his one passenger were unhurt. The plane appeared to be largely intact with some front-end damage.

Numerous plainclothes law enforcement personnel were seen in the area after the rough landing. Police also draped the craft with fabric to prevent its tail number from being seen.

The DEA later confirmed that the plane was associated with the agency and had been on "a routine mission." Officials declined to discuss where the plane was headed or the nature of the mission.

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