Three Walk Away from Palto Alto Plane Crash

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Jun 24, 2011  |  Updated 4:05 PM PDT
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Of the three men riding in a plane that crashed near Palo Alto, only one was mildly injured.

Of the three men riding in a plane that crashed near Palo Alto, only one was mildly injured.

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The plane landed upside-down after a nose dive, but the pilot and two passengers landed on their feet.

Three men walked away from a plane crash in Palo Alto on Thursday evening, according to the Palo Alto Daily News, when the single-engine Cessna in which they were flying lost power on its way to a landing at the Palo Alto Airport.

The men, who were not identified, were flying from Concord, according to authorities. One man sought medical attention for back pain. He is in his 40s, authorities said.

The plane was approaching the airport runway at around 8:20 p.m. when its engine died, according to the newspaper. The plane nose-dived, hit marshlands nose-first then flipped over, landing wheels up. The plane was fully intact, meaning all the passengers had to do to escape the wreckage was to "loosen their seat belts and fall over," according to a fire official.

The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
 

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