Three injured when plane makes emergency landing

A plane made an emergency landing Saturday afternoon after the engine failed./FOX21News Ray Harless

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — Three people were injured when a plane made an emergency landing in a field near Schriever Air Force Base Saturday afternoon.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot was headed to the Colorado Springs Airport after reporting aircraft failure, but before he could make it there, the engine completely shut down. Officials said he then opted to make an emergency landing in a field off Highway 94 and Peyton Highway.

The pilot was taken to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.

Officials said the two passengers were flown from the scene by Flight for Life and Memorial Star to local hospitals. The extent of their injuries hasn’t been released.

The plane was a Cirrus SR-22.

The FAA and NTSB will be investigating.

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