Firefighters sprayed the plane to ensure that it did not catch fire.

Firefighters sprayed the plane to ensure that it did not catch fire.

Passengers aboard small plane escape with minor injuries after crash landing 

A small plane carrying three passengers crashed shortly after takeoff from the Dare County Regional Airport on Sunday, June 30. Airport Director David Daniels told the Sentinel that the cause of the crash is not yet known, but said investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) came to the airport the day after the crash, examined the crash site and wreckage of the plane and interviewed the pilot, determining that the plane was still under power, with its enging running, at the time of the crash.  

      Following a crash landing near the airport, the three passengers and pilot escaped with just minor scratches and bruises. Their names have not been released.

      The single-engine Cessna is owned by OBX Airplanes and conducts air tours and banner towing services on the Outer Banks.

      "It had just taken off," Daniels said, "and the pilot was having trouble with his air speed and being able to climb and picked a spot to land."

      Noting that the injuries and outcome of the crash "could have been much worse," Daniels added, "If you've seen the plane, it is remarkable that there were not more serious injuries."

      Daniels said he expects to receive a preliminary FAA report some time in the near future.

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