Two injured in small plane crash

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Two people are okay after making a hard landing at the Manitowoc County Airport Saturday afternoon.

According to the Manitowoc Police Department, officers and Fire personnel were dispatched to the Manitowoc County Airport just after 12:00 p.m.

The responded for a report that a small aircraft had made, what the caller described, as a “hard landing.”

Crews found a heavily-damaged single-engine aircraft on the grassy area alongside the runway, with two people lying in the grass in front of the plane.

The 44 year-old male pilot and his 11 year-old daughter, the occupants of the plane, had gotten out of the airplane and were treated at the scene for possible back and shoulder injuries.

The Manitowoc man and his daughter were taken to Holy Family Memorial Medical Center in Manitowoc for evaluation and further treatment.

Witnesses say the small plane had been taking off when it began to rock back and forth and came back down, hitting the runway.

That caused damage to the landing gear, plane body, propeller, and wings.

The pilot later informed officers that the plane’s engine stalled shortly after taking off, forcing him to make a “hard landing.”

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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