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Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing

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(KSL News) -- It was supposed to be a fun airplane ride on a nice spring afternoon. Instead, the pilot of a small plane had to make an emergency landing in a field near West Haven.

The pilot and a passenger had been flying around the Weber County area and had been cleared to land at the Ogden Hinckley Airport. Then the engine failed.

Sgt. Jeff Pledger of the Weber County Sheriff's office said, "He had to turn around and face into the wind at that point, and began to look for a safe place to land the plane as safely as he could. He noticed this open field, attempted to make the landing. He first touched down about 75 yards from the road, kind of bounced and skipped a little bit, until he came to the irrigation ditch."

The pilot and passenger were not hurt, just a couple of scratches. No one on the ground was hurt, either. The FAA and NTSB will investigate.

Today's rough landing got our attention because it's the third small plane mishap in Utah in the past three weeks.

Last weekend, a single engine plane went down in a field near St. George. The pilot said the engine started sputtering shortly after takeoff, and he tried to make it back to the airport but had to set it down. The two people on the plane were not hurt.

The weekend before that, a pilot had to set his plane down on a highway in Magna. The man was taking his granddaughter on a ride over the Great Salt Lake when his plane started having engine problems. So he had to set it down on the highway. No one hurt in that incident, either.

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