Small plane crashes near Longmont airport |

Small plane crashes near Longmont airport

Longmont Police Officer Laura Faatz, second from left, escorts, from left, passenger Robert Matlacki of Westminster, and pilot and co-owner Brian Higley of Longmont away from a Beechcraft Bonanza after the plane crashed just southeast of Vance Brand Municipal Airport in Longmont, Colo., Wednesday, July 23, 2008. At right is co-owner Michael Crump of Loveland, who was not aboard the plane. Pilot Higley and passenger Matlacki were not injured in the crash, which was reported just after 10 a.m. (AP Photo/Longmont Times-Call, Richard M. Hackett) **BOULDER DAILY CAMERA OUT, COLORADO DAILY OUT, MAGS OUT, TV OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY PHOTO CREDIT NEWSPAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER**

LONGMONT Authorities now say two people escaped injury after their small plane went down near the Vance Brand Airport in Longmont.The Beechcraft Bonanza crashed in a field near the airport’s main runway at about 10:10 a.m. Wednesday.Pilot Brian Higley of Longmont says he started having engine problems as he prepared to land at the airport. He says he knew he couldn’t get that far, so he set the plane down in a field.Higley and passenger Robert Matlacki of Westminster were able to walk away.The plane sustained minor damage.

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