- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

VERDIGRIS, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says two people sustained minor injuries in a small plane crash in northeastern Oklahoma.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the single-engine aircraft crashed just after 3 p.m. Tuesday near Verdigris, soon after the pilot reported having engine problems.

A highway patrol crash report says the pilot, 39-year-old Markus Bastuck of Wallerfangen, Germany, had departed from the Tulsa International Airport. The plane temporarily lost power while trying to reach 11,000 feet and attempted to return to the airport.

The report says after Bastuck decided he didn’t have enough power to return, and an air traffic controller directed him to land on a private landing strip nearby. But the plane lost power again, went down in a field and struck two trees.

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