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Plane crash lands at Santa Barbara Airport

A single engine Cessna plane crash landed at the Santa Barbara Airport shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Only one person was on board at the time of the crash but did not suffer any injuries, according to airport officials. Early reports indicate the plane did not have its landing gear down.

The plane crash landed on the belly of the plane on the 15-R [short] runaway, and slid to a stop. There was severe damage to the belly of the aircraft, according to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department.

The fuel tank had a small leak as a result of the crash, but firefighters were able to contain the fuel leak.

A large crane assisted in the removal of the downed aircraft from the runway. The NTSB and FAA were notified.

No commercial airlines are affected by this incident. There are no passenger or flight delays.

No further details were immediately available. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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