26Colo. plane crash (Albert Lea man) aust/roch
BOULDER, Colo. — A 37-year-old Minnesota man has escaped injury after the home-built plane he was flying crashed near the Boulder Municipal Airport.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office says engine failure appears to have caused the single-engine plane to go down in a field shortly after taking off at about 1 p.m. Monday.
The left wing of the Kitfox Classic 4 experimental plane then hit a post, causing the aircraft to spin around before coming to stop within yards of homes. The crash sparked a small grass fire that was put out by firefighters.
Authorities say the pilot, Jason Patton, of Albert Lea, was able to get away from the wreckage unharmed before it was engulfed in flames.
The FAA is investigating the crash.