ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- A small plane crashed in Elbert County Sunday about 6 a.m. The pilot survived the crash.

The pilot was leaving Centennial Airport when he ran into trouble in Elbert County. He deployed his emergency parachute emergency system and landed the plane in a creek bed near County Road 53.

The pilot was the only passenger on board. He is okay.

The plane is a fixed wing single-engine Cirrus. It is equipped with a parachute emergency system, which is standard equipment on every Cirrus aircraft.

The parachute system is designed to protect occupants in the event of an emergency by lowering the aircraft to the ground.

The pilot has not been identified. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating this crash.

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