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Small Plane Crashes in W. Michigan Cornfield

Authorities say a single-engine plane with two flight instructors onboard crashed into a cornfield in western Michigan after its engine quit.

Kent County sheriff’s Sgt. Corey Luce says both people escaped uninjured as flames broke out on one of the wings after the crash Monday morning near the town of Caledonia southeast of Grand Rapids.

Luce tells The Grand Rapids Press that the plane took off from Gerald R. Ford International Airport for standard instrument checks and that the pilot first noticed engine trouble while flying at about 4,000 feet.

Luce said the pilot reported he heard a loud bang just before the engine quit. The pilot told police he touched down and skidded to the side before stopping upright in the field.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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