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Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 6:23 pm | Updated: 2:29 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A small plane has made an emergency landing on a school playground at a west Phoenix elementary school, but no one was hurt.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says a single-engine Cessna 152 with a flight instructor and student on board left nearby Glendale Municipal Airport for a practice flight Wednesday morning. The instructor reported the plane had a rough-running engine and that he didn't think they could make it back to the airport.

Gregor says the plane apparently hit a chain-link fence at Villa de Paz Elementary School while trying to land on the empty playground at about 9:30 a.m. Television images show the plane ended up with its nose stuck into the grass just feet from a jungle gym and nearby classrooms. Both pilots walked away and no one on the ground was injured.

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