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Light Plane Crashes But Pilot Uninjured

MONMOUTH -- A pilot from Monmouth walked away from a plane crash in a rural part of Polk County on Sunday.

MONMOUTH -- A pilot from Monmouth walked away from a plane crash in a rural part of Polk County on Sunday.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office received a call at 8:30 a.m. from the Oregon National Guard's Joint Operations Center regarding an emergency locator transmitter had been activated near the 11000 block of Monmouth Highway, west of the city, said Deputy Todd Fenk.

Robert Marr had been flying a Sport Cub S2, a light sport airplane, on a recreational flight. As he was attempting to land in a field, "the engine started running rough and losing power," Fenk said.

The combination of hard breaking and soft earth caused the plane to flip over and onto its roof, Fenk said.

Marr was shaken, but reported no injuries, Fenk said. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.

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