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Small plane crashes into pasture near Punta Gorda airport

A small aircraft made a crash landing in a wooded area while on a four-mile approach to the Punta Gorda airport, officials say.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. There was only one person, the pilot, on board the aircraft, according to a statement provided by the FAA.

The plane landed in a small pasture south of Washington Loop Road and east of US 17. The landing caused a small fire that was put out quickly, according to officials. An FAA spokesman said they are not sure if the plane was on fire before the impact or once it hit the ground.

The pilot was uninjured and not transported to a hospital.

FAA is leading the investigation and they are working with CCSO to determine why the plane went down.

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