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Plane down in West Penn Twp.

The pilot of an airplane that crashed in a West Penn Township field reported engine problems shortly before landing, according to information from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Three people were on board.

“A twin-engine Diamond DA-42 landed in a field in Lehighton, Pa., around 12:35 p.m. local time today after the pilot reported engine issues,” according to a preliminary statement from FAA spokesman Steve Kulm.

The pilot tried to make an emergency landing coming in from the west near the intersection of St. Peter’s and Golf roads. The pilot sustained minor injuries in the incident.

The FAA and local authorities are investigating the crash.

Klum noted that the FAA does not identify people involved in aircraft accidents or incidents.

A registration number for the plane, however, lists its owner as Elias Salameh of Bethlehem. The plane was manufactured in 2009.

Luckily an Army medical helicopter flying from Washington, D.C. to Fort Drum, New York was in the immediate area and landed to render assistance.

West Penn township police are investigating the incident.