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Three people walked away from the site of a small plane crash in Farmington Canyon with only minor injuries Friday afternoon, police say.

The plane crashed about 2 p.m. and was reported by a passerby who noticed the small aircraft on fire near Farmington Canyon Road, according to a Davis County Sheriff's Office news release.

Several agencies responded to the site of the crash while the aircraft was still in flames, the release said.

The flames were "quickly controlled and extinguished," according to the release, and the three occupants — two males and one female — walked away with minor injuries, said Davis County Sgt. DeeAnn Servey.

Two people went to the hospital, Servey said, but the pilot refused medical transport.

Police say initial reports from the crash site indicate the pilot was attempting to land the plane on the road, but something malfunctioned and the plane lost power.

The aircraft slid off the road and caught fire in brush, the release says.

"They were lucky to be alive," Servey said. "I think there was a lot of skill in landing the plane, in that it didn't go off of a cliff or didn't go off a mountain."

Servey said she was unaware of any previous plane crashes in the canyon, noting that most of the air traffic coming through the area is medical helicopters transporting patients.

Further details of the crash were under investigation Friday night, she said.

Farmington Canyon was closed for several hours but opened again Friday night, the release said.

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