LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A small plane flying with an engine compartment door open crashed Wednesday, injuring four people, authorities said.

The single-engine Piper 28 went down Wednesday afternoon near Lebanon, 30 miles north of Cincinnati, the State Highway Patrol said.

Patrol Lt. Mike Sanders said the pilot had noticed the engine compartment door was open and was circling back to land when he “lost control,” The Dayton Daily News reported.

Sanders said it was unclear what caused the pilot to lose control but the plane clipped a tree and power lines and flipped onto its top, knocking out power to two nearby homes.

All of the plane’s occupants were from Colorado, The Daily News said. The newspaper identified them as 30-year-old Katherine Bowles, who was seriously hurt and was flown to a hospital by helicopter; her husband, 32-year-old Zeb Bowles, the pilot; and his brothers, 22-year-old Wilson Bowles and 30-year-old Zachary Bowles. The brothers suffered minor injuries and were treated at a hospital.

A fire at the crash scene was extinguished, and there were no reports of injuries to anyone on the ground, dispatchers said.

The plane had taken off from the nearby Lebanon-Warren County Airport, and the pilot was trying to return when the crash occurred, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said. The FAA was investigating.

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