Plane crashes near Longmont; pilot suffers minor injuries

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- A pilot suffered minor injuries after his single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday morning near Longmont.

The 1946 Aeronca Champ piloted by 75-year-old David Shenk of Longmont suddenly lost power around 10:50 a.m., the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said.

Shenk maneuvered the plane between cars and power lines on North 75th Street, coming to rest nose-down in a field.

Shenk was able to get out of the plane on his own. He was treated for his injuries at the scene and released.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash. The plane will remain in the field until the investigation is complete.

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