Small Plane Crash

PLANE WRECKAGE — This single-engine Bellanca Cit­abria crashed Saturday while attempting to land into a field at Monterey Bay Academy Airport in Monterey.

MONTEREY (AP) — Auth­orities say two peop­le were hospitalized with serious injuries after a small plane crashed into a field at Monterey Bay Academy Airport.

Federal Aviation Ad­min­istration spokesman Ian Gregor said the sin­gle-engine Bellanca Cit­ab­ria crashed around 10:40 a.m. Saturday while at­tempt­ing to land at the airport.

Battalion Chief Mike Harris with CalFire’s Santa Cruz unit said a fe­male pilot and her male pas­sen­ger were air­lifted to the hospital with serious in­juries.

Harris said the plane’s nose and left side were damaged when it ended on the runway next to a farm field. Firefighters cut off the right wing while trying to pull the pilot and passenger from the fuselage.

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