Small plane crash-lands at Buffalo airport just after takeoff; pilot, 2 passengers OK

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CHEEKTOWAGA, New York — Authorities are trying to determine why a single-engine plane lost power moments after taking off from the Buffalo airport, forcing the pilot to make a crash landing near a parking lot.

Officials say the 31-year-old woman flying the Piper PA-28 suffered minor injuries but her two passengers, a 39-year-old man and his 6-year-old son, weren't hurt.

The plane took off Thursday afternoon from Buffalo Niagara International Airport for a sightseeing tour of Niagara Falls. Officials say the plane reached an altitude of nearly 300 feet when it apparently lost power.

The pilot turned the plane around and crash-landed the plane on its belly in a grassy area near the airport. The plane skidded across an airport access road, went over a small berm and came to rest in an empty parking lot.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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