By CBS13 Staff

YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) — A pilot walked away with minor injuries after a small plane crash near the UC Davis airport late Thursday morning.

UC Davis officials say the plane took off from University Airport a little after 11 a.m. The pilot soon reported seeing smoke and flames in the cockpit and had to make a forced landing in a field near Vineyard Lane, south of Putah Creek.

The pilot was able to get out of the plane by themselves after the crash, officials say.

See photos from the crash aftermath scene below:

Firefighters got to the scene and put out a small vegetation fire that started after the crash.

Officials say the pilot declined to be taken to the hospital.

Exactly what kind of mechanical problem the plane encountered is under investigation.