A pilot walked away after his small plane crashed just short of the runway in St. Charles County on Sunday afternoon.  The man was attempting to land at Smartt Field in Portage Des Sioux around 2pm yesterday when the plane landed instead in a soybean field.

Authorities say the plane apparently experienced engine trouble and the pilot was trying to land at the airport when he lost power and ditched in the field.  The plane flipped over upon landing, but the pilot walked away and was not seriously injured. 

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