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Sep 2, 2012 3:18 PM by Matt Stafford

Pilot makes emergency landing near Longmont

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - A pilot and his passenger escaped injury after they were forced to land their small plane in a dirt farm field northeast of Longmont.

The Longmont Times-Call reports 43-year-old Brian Garrett of Westminster was undergoing a private pilot's certification examination just before noon Saturday when the single-engine airplane's propeller lost one of its three blades. He and Drew Chitiea, an FAA-designated pilot examiner, were forced find a landing spot and eventually glide into the field.

By the time they landed, a second propeller blade had sheared off, but the plane appeared to be otherwise undamaged.

Upon landing, Chitiea said Garrett had "demonstrated his competency," and he told the pilot he had passed the final exam.

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