2 aboard small banner plane ejected during crash on Univ. of Florida campus

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Two people aboard a small banner plane were ejected as it crashed in a tree-lined area on the campus of the University of Florida.

UF Police Major Brad Barber told ABC Action News by phone that a preliminary investigation showed that the Cessna 172 lost control before forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing on campus.

The University of Florida said in a statement that the plane attempted an emergency landing in an open area of Flavet Field and crashed onto a parked but vacant pickup truck.

Barber said the pilot managed to drop the banner in an area around the campus before coming in to land at "probably the one open spot here on campus."

The plane landed upside-down, ejecting the two on board. "He landed the plane essentially without power."

The pilot and passenger were transported to a local hospital in what Barber described as non-life threatening condition. They have not been identified.

No other injuries have been reported, despite the plane landing near tailgaters awaiting the Gator game.

Barber said his incident command told him they believe the plane is operated by a Jacksonville, Fla., advertising company.

The university said that the game will not be effected by the plane crash. No. 18 Florida is playing its first night game in the Swamp in nearly two years against Arkansas, according to The Associated Press.

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