Fire chief says pilot of small plane with engine trouble crash landed in field near Greeley airport

Pilot escapes unharmed

GREELEY, Colo. - The  pilot of a small airplane having engine problems safely crash-landed Wednesday afternoon in a field east of Greeley-Weld County Airport.

The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza landed in the farm field just before 2:30 p.m, a 1/2-mile east of the airport, said Greeley Fire Division Chief Dale Lyman.

Arriving fire crews found the uninjured pilot standing outside of the plane.

"The pilot reported that the aircraft's engine had been worked on recently and shortly after takeoff he began experiencing problems, forcing him to land in a freshly plowed field," Lyman said.

Despite the crash landing, the plane did not spill any fuel or catch on fire, Lyman said.

The landing bent the planes' propeller.