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FAA: small plane crashes in Connecticut

October 1, 2011 7:10:51 PM PDT
Officials say a man was hurt after the small plane he was flying crashed in Connecticut shortly after takeoff from a local airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Mooney 20 aircraft went down in Ridgefield at about 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, about a mile from the Danbury airport.

Ridgefield Fire Chief Heather Burford said the plane clipped the tops of several trees before flipping over and landing on its roof on a front lawn.

She said the pilot, a man in his 50s, had reported his engine was out shortly before the plane went down.

Burford said the man was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.

The Connecticut Post identified the pilot as Robert Baldwin. His wife, Frances Baldwin, told the paper her husband was "fine."


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