Small plane crashes at Falcon Field in Mesa

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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MESA, Ariz. -- No one was injured when a small plane crashed Tuesday afternoon at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa.

The single-engine Nanchang CJ-6 went down off the departure end of Runway 22R around 4:20 p.m. after takeoff. 

A wing apparently broke off and landed beside a fuel tank.

There was a small fuel spill after the crash, which occurred near the runway, according to the Mesa Fire and Medical Department.

Deputy Chief Forrest Smith said the pilot was doing touch-and-gos when she lost power on elevation. She was able to get the plane in a position to avoid going into buildings and out onto the traffic on McKellips Road.

"She averted landing inside our fire station, coming over into the street," Smith said. "You know, McKellips is an especially busy street and of course we have a large commercial retail here, so essentially she averted any injury to anybody else."

The pilot and her passenger were not injured.

Falcon Field Airport is located at Greenfield and McKellips roads.