Small plane crashes near Dodge Center
DODGE CENTER — A small airplane crashed on a county road northeast of Dodge Center on Friday morning, with minor injuries to two passengers reported.
The Dodge County Sheriff's Office received reports about 11 a.m. of a plane crash on Dodge County Road 9, just south of 630th Street. Passengers were trying to exit the aircraft by the time deputies arrived on scene. The plane was flipped on its roof on the roadway.
Two passengers were transported with non-life threatening injuries to the hospital. The pilot was uninjured. Their names were not released, but the authorities said all three were from out of state.
The Dodge Center Fire Department and the Dodge County Sheriff's Office were on scene, as well as officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
According to deputies at the scene, the pilot was having engine problems with the plane and was trying to reach the Dodge Center Airport before it stalled and forced an emergency landing. When deputies arrived, they found the plane on its roof, and its occupants trying to get out.
Dodge County Road 9 was closed from Highway 34 to 625th Street because of the accident, according to the sheriff's office's Facebook page. The road was expected to be reopened on Friday evening.