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Small plane crash lands south of Santa Fe, father and son escape serious injury

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By The Staff

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Rancho man and his son are recovering from minor cuts and bruises after their single-engine plane crash landed south of Santa Fe.

Ovid Morin says he and his son were headed south in their rented Cessna after taking off from the Santa Fe airport Sunday morning. They were planning on doing some touch and go maneuvers at Double Eagle Airport west of Albuquerque before heading back to Santa Fe.

Morin says the oil pressure dropped so he turned around. Then smoke started billowing out, the engine stopped and the plane caught on fire.

He landed the plane on a mesa and it hit some rocks, launching it into the air.

The plane came nose down, but Morin and his son were able to get out of the burning wreckage.