3 hurt after plane crash near Ellicott

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office tells 11 News three men were taken to the hospital when the small, private plane they were in crashed in a field near Ellicott, east of Colorado Springs.

According to a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, the plane crashed around 2:15 Saturday afternoon.

The Cirrus SR-22 is equipped with a parachute that the pilot deployed when the plane suffered engine failure.

Officials say the pilot radioed the tower at the Colorado Springs Airport, saying that they were having engine troubles and would be trying to make it to the airport, but the pilot realized they would not make it and deployed the parachute.

The two passengers were flown to the hospital by helicopter. The pilot was taken by ambulance. There is no word yet on how serious the three men's injuries are.

The plane crashed on private ranch land. The FAA will now take over the investigation, but that won't happen on-scene. The plane will be moved to a facility where investigators try to figure out exactly what caused the plane to crash.