Police in Surprise say a pilot only came away with minor injuries after crashing a single-engine aircraft Saturday.
Surprise police say the small airplane made a hard landing just short of a privately-owned landing strip near Loop 303 and Cactus Road.
The plane had taken off from Glendale Airpark.
Authorities say the pilot was taken by ambulance to a hospital but should recover.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause.