ORANGE, Mass. — Two people were taken to the hospital as a precaution after a small plane crashed at a western Massachusetts airport.

The crash was reported at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Orange Municipal Airport.

Airport Manager Leonard Bedaw tells The Recorder that the man flying the aircraft complained of back pain.

A friend of the pilot says the plane started experiencing engine trouble soon after takeoff so the pilot tried to land.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the plane’s nose gear collapsed and it went off the runway.

No names were released.

The plane was Vans model RV8, a fixed-wing, single-engine kit plane.