LIBERTY, Mo. — Two people were injured after a small plane crashed in Kansas City, near a small airport in Liberty.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said a single-engine airplane crashed around 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Roosterville Airport. The airport is located northwest of Liberty North High School.

Investigators said the plane was practicing a “touch and go.”

“Witnesses said the aircraft was taking off and just didn’t make altitude, and it went through some trees and it ended up on a field on its back. I was on the scene and saw the aircraft. It was on its back and the wing was missing, and you could see it in the woods there,” said Joe McBride with the Kansas City Aviation Department.

The sheriff’s office said two people were on board the plane at the time of the crash and were able to free themselves from the wreckage before emergency crews arrived.

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One of the victims suffered serious injuries. The other person has minor injuries.

The plane also flew out of Kansas City’s Downtown Airport earlier Wednesday, according to McBride.

The Kansas City Fire Department said it was challenging locating the plane because it crashed in a wooded area.

“It took us a little bit to get back there,” KCFD spokesman Jason Spreitzer said. “The, you know, high brush line and kind of near tree line when we were dealing with a pond in the area. They walked away from this, and our crews are very grateful.”

KCFD also addressed a fuel leak the crashed caused.

The Federal Aviation Administration will now investigate the crash. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is assisting.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as additional information is provided.

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