Mo. pilot escapes major injury after plane crash

EASTON, Mo. (AP) - A northwest Missouri pilot has escaped serious injury after crashing his small vintage airplane near Missouri 6.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 48-year-old Stephen Blazer of Easton had just taken off when his 1940 Taylorcraft plane experienced a mechanical failure.

The St. Joseph News-Press ( reported that the plane went down in a bean field Blazer owned.

Neighbors called for help, and Blazer was taken to the hospital with a broken nose and a minor cut to his face. Blazer initially planned to travel to Rosecrans Memorial Airport.

Information from: St. Joseph News-Press,

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