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Plane Crashes In Fitchburg, 2 Hurt

The pilot of a small plane that crashed about a quarter of a mile from Fitchburg Municipal Airport says he experienced a power loss shortly after takeoff.

Eli Luria tells The Associated Press he had to make an emergency landing at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday because he couldn't maintain altitude.

Luria said he was piloting the single-engine plane during a lesson. The plane is owned by his company, Tenle Aviation Inc., based in nearby Stow.

Police say both occupants were hurt and taken to a hospital, but Luria answered the phone at Tenle Aviation about two hours after the crash.

Neither he nor authorities disclosed the passenger's name.

A picture in the Sentinel and Enterprise, shows the Cessna 150G upright, but with heavily damaged fuselage and wings.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

This program aired on January 11, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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