EGREMONT, Mass. (AP) _ A pilot and his passenger suffered minor injuries when their plane crashed near a home in rural western Massachusetts.

State police say the single-engine plane took off from the privately owned Walter J. Koladza Airport in Great Barrington at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police say the plane experienced engine trouble as it took off and the pilot tried to make an emergency landing, but ended up clipping several trees before setting down in the back yard of an Egremont home.

The 56-year-old pilot from Canaan, Conn. and his 39-year-old passenger from Plainville were treated for minor injuries at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington. No one on the ground was hurt.

Their names were not released.

State and federal aviation authorities are investigating.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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