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July 16, 2016

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Plane crashes after take-off west of Longmont; pilot suffers minor injuries

A single-engine airplane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a field west of the airport.

Longmont, Colo. - This morning at 10:15 a.m. the pilot of a yellow and red 1946 Aeronca Champ single-engine airplane took off from the Longmont Airport. As the plane started its ascent the engine suddenly lost power and the aircraft was unable to climb. The pilot, David Shenk, 75, of Longmont, was able to maneuver the plane between the cars traveling on N. 75th Street and the power lines that line the west side of the roadway, crashing into a field approximately 20 yards west of N. 75th Street. The plane came to rest on its nose and was slightly inverted. The pilot was the only occupant of the plane at the time of the crash.

Deputies responded to the scene along with officers from the Longmont Police Department and rescue personnel from the Longmont Fire Department. Shenk had been able to exit the aircraft on his own and was waiting for emergency personnel when they arrived. Shenk only suffered minor injuries and was medically evaluated and released at the scene.

The 1946 Aeronca Champ aircraft is based at the Longmont Airport and this was its first flight of the day. Shenk intended to fly locally and conclude his flight at the Erie Municipal Airport.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are en route to the scene and will investigate the cause and circumstances surrounding the crash. The downed aircraft will remain in the field west of the 10,800 block of N. 75th Street, which is partially on the Warner Open Space Property and partially on privately owned farm land, until the NTSB and FAA complete their on-scene investigation.

The case number documenting this incident is 16-4193.

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/s/ Cmdr. Mike Wagner

Public Information Officer