MANTEO, N.C. -- The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating after a small plane crash-landed at the Dare County Regional Airport on Wednesday morning.

The accident happened at about 10 a.m. on Runway 5.

A preliminary investigation revealed two occupants -- a student pilot and an instructor pilot -- experienced issues that forced them to make an emergency landing. The plane landed hard on the runway and slid off it into the grass, collapsing the landing gear.

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A spokesperson with the State Highway Patrol said the student pilot, Balpreet S. Chahal, 23 was transported by EMS to a local hospital for evaluation after complaining of minor injuries.

The other passenger, instructor Jenny Renea Hawk, 32, had no complaints of injuries.

State Highway Patrol is investigating.

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