Small plane crash lands near soccer fields in Boulder

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BOULDER, Colo. -- A single-engine plane landed on its belly just shy of soccer fields near the Boulder Municipal Airport Wednesday afternoon, according to the Boulder Police Department.

The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday near the Pleasant View soccer fields at 3805 47th Street.

According to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, the small plane, which is a tow plane owned by the Soaring Society of Boulder, had just safely released a glider it was towing when something malfunctioned.

The pilot attempted to land in the soccer fields around the airport, which are designated emergency landing areas.

Power lines forced the pilot to fly the plane low; his plane caught on a fence and the pilot had to land the aircraft short of the soccer fields.

Police said it was a soft landing. They didn't want to call it a crash at this point.

The male pilot managed to get out of the cockpit. He was being checked out by emergency crews, and sustained minor injuries, added deputies. But he was walking around and talking.

There was no one in the field at the time of the incident.

Officers said the Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the crash.

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