Pilot crash lands outside Wichita

The pilot of a small plane suffered minor injuries when he was forced to make a crash landing near the Wichita suburb of Bel Aire.

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July 2, 2021 - 12:44 PM

BEL AIRE, Kan. (AP) — The pilot of a small plane suffered only minor injuries when he was forced to make a crash landing near the Wichita suburb of Bel Aire, authorities there said. 

The single-engine plane was flying from Nebraska to Kansas when it suffered a mechanical failure, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said. Officials said the pilot — described as a Wichita man in his 30s — was trying to reach Jabara Airport in Wichita, but was forced to put the plane down in a field just northeast of the city. 

The rough landing destroyed the plane, but left the pilot with only minor injuries that were treated at the scene, officials said. 

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