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Plane crash in Blue Earth County

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Jul 18, 2013 at 4:56 am

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) A pilot and his passenger are OK after their light plane crashed in southern Minnesota.

The Blue Earth County sheriff's office contacted the pilot after hearing that the plane had crashed Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Albert Lea  man said he and his 19-year-old brother had taken off from the Wells airport about 45 minutes before the crash. The pilot says the plane's engine began to lose power, so he tried to land on a county road but ended up putting the plane down in a corn field. The plane flipped over. Neither man was hurt.

Authorities say the four-seat Piper Tri-Pacer appears to be a total loss. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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