Plane crashes near Vernon Airport

Mechanical problems upon takeoff result in forced landing in field directly across from airport; two people on board suffer minor injuries

A small plane with two people on board crashed in a field directly across from the Vernon Regional Airport Wednesday afternoon.

In a news release, the City of Vernon states the plane took off from the Vernon Regional Airport shortly after 3:30 p.m.

The plane climbed to approximately 300 feet before experiencing mechanical difficulties, and the pilot was unable to return to the runway.

The pilot made a forced landing in a field north of the airport west of Scott Road.

The two people in the plane suffered minor injuries with one of them taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for precaution.

The airplane suffered damage to the landing gear and wing.