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Pilot okay after crash landing small plane in Prescott

The pilot told authorities that he "lost his engine" shortly before taking off.

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A pilot is safe after he had to crash-land a small plane in Prescott Sunday morning, officials said. 

The pilot of a Cessna 172 told authorities that he "lost his engine" shortly after taking off from the Prescott Regional Airport around 9 a.m.

The pilot put the aircraft down in vacant scrubland east of Willow Creek Road in between James Lane and Warrior Way. 

He was not injured but was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the cause of the engine failure.

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