Pilot suffers minor injuries in crash landing near Wichita

July 2, 2021 GMT

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.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.