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Fri, July 19

No one hurt in small plane crash west of Highway 89 North

PRESCOTT - No one suffered injuries early Saturday morning when a small Beechcraft Bonanza airplane crashed in a vacant brush-covered field on the west side of the 5800 block of North Highway 89.

A little after 6 a.m. Saturday, the pilot of the plane and the sole passenger, 61-year-old Donald Carter of Prescott, got out of the plane before Prescott Police and Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene.

The plane received major damage and tore apart trees and shrubs in the field where it crashed.

Prescott Police Department officers said that shortly after Carter took off from Ernest A. Love Field en route to Falcon Field in Mesa, his plane lost power at an elevation of about 150 feet.

Carter, a licensed pilot, told police that the engine to his 1967 model C33 never completely shut off, but he lost significant power.

Without much time to respond to the engine failure, Carter said he tried to set the plane down "as softly as possible."

Carter, who has owned the aircraft for the past six years, said he had not had a mechanical problem with the Bonanza until Saturday.

Police believe the plane hit the ground about 27 feet west of Highway 89 and about 3 feet above an embankment. The craft then traveled close to 150 feet along the ground before coming to rest in the middle of a large field between North Highway 89 and Willow Creek Road.

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