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Plane crashes and lands upside down in Pierce County field 

A two-seater plane crashed Wednesday in a Pierce County field.

It was about 11:40 a.m. when the small aircraft went down in the 4200 block of 192nd Street East between Spanaway and Frederickson.

Several employees at a local business spotted the downed plane, called 911 and ran to help.

There were two men inside, ages 76 and 64.

The plane came to rest upside down, and Central Pierce firefighters had to extricate them.

Neither man suffered serious injuries, and both were walking around the scene.

“They’re lucky,” said Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer. “The passenger compartment is crushed.”

The plane took off from Shady Acres Airport in Elk Plain.

Investigators said the aircraft lost power then flipped over during an emergency landing in the field.

192nd Street East was closed in both directions for the investigation.

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine what caused the Vans RV-6 aircraft to lose power.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.
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