Small plane crashes east of Fort Collins

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Plane crashes east of Fort Collins. Photo courtesy: Poudre Fire Authority

Plane crashes east of Fort Collins. Photo courtesy: Poudre Fire Authority

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A small plane crashed near I-25 just south of Fort Collins Thursday afternoon.

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Schulz says the single engine plane went down in a field east of County Road 5 between county roads 40 and 42.

The 69-year-old pilot was the only person on the plane. He walked away from the crash but paramedics took him to Poudre Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

“Apparently, the pilot was attempting to land the plane on an unpaved airstrip on his own property but decided at the last minute to make another approach,” Schulz says.  “As he was trying to gain altitude to attempt another landing he hit some trees causing the plane to crash.”

A post on Twitter from the Poudre Fire Authority said crews were working to control a fuel leak at the crash site.

Schulz says the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified about the crash.

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