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Plane crashes south of Lancaster
Out of gas, pilot ditches in ditch
A Lancaster firefighter assesses the damage after a crash of a private plane along State 61 south of Lancaster.

UPDATED 4:05 p.m. - A Nebraska man had only a minor scrape to the face after he had to land his plane along State 61 south of Lancaster Friday afternoon.

Dennis Dangberg, 68, who is from Windside Neb. was flying his 1970 Beechcraft Baron twin-engine plane back home from Freeport, Ill, when he attempted to make his way to Lancaster Municpal Airport for refueling. Two miles north of the airport, his plane ran out of fuel and Dangberg attempted to land his plane in the southbound lane of State 61 just south of Aupperle Road.

Dangberg landed the plane in the ditchline on the west side of the road, where it traveled more than several hundred feet before it came to rest. The plane suffered damage to the wings during the crash. The pilot was treated at the scene by Lancaster EMS.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration are in charge of the investigation.

UPDATE 3:05 p.m - The plane has been moved to the airport, and is no longer on the roadway. Authorities were helping the pilot find a rental vehicle to continue his way to Nebraska.

This story is developing. Please check S the Feb. 23 edition of the Grant County Herald Independent for more details.