Plane crashes on takeoff but pilot reported to survive

The pilot of a small plane managed to put his ailing craft into the banks of the Rio Torres Sunday and avoided a crash into homes.

The pilot was reported to be injured but conscious.

The crash happened after 4 p.m. The pilot was taking off from the Tobias Bolaños airport in Pavas. He reported mechanical problems before the crash.

The aircraft, which was destroyed, was owned locally.

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