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Student, instructor suffer minor injuries in Monroe plane crash

Student, instructor suffer minor injuries in Monroe plane crash
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MONROE, Wash. -- A 69-year-old student pilot and his 82-year-old teacher suffered minor injuries Friday evening when their small plane crashed while attempting to land at the Firstair Field Airport in Monroe.

Monroe police say the student, a Seattle man, took off from Paine Field at about 3 p.m. in a Cessna 172. With the student was his instructor, a Mountlake Terrace man who works for Northway Aviation flight school.

The student was attempting to land just before 5 p.m. when the plane went off the runway and flipped over into some long grass, according to police.

Both men were taken to Valley General Hospital, though neither was seriously injured. Police say the men have minor cuts and bruises but are expected to be fine.

The Monroe Police Department is investigating the crash and has reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration.
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