Problems force plane to land in Camas field

Engine problems forced this pilot to land in a Camas field. No one was hurt, June 28, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Engine problems forced this pilot to land in a Camas field. No one was hurt, June 28, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

CAMAS, Wash. (AP) — A Clark County sheriff’s spokesman says a small plane made an emergency landing Friday in a southwest Washington corn field. The two people on board were unhurt.

Sgt. Fred Neiman says the pilot, 70-year-old David Holt of Port Ludlow, Wash., had advised air traffic control officials in nearby Portland, Ore., that the engine on his 1954 Beechcraft was losing power and he needed to make an emergency landing. The sheriff’s spokesman says Holt tried to reach Grove Field Airport near Camas, Wash., but only had enough power to reach a large corn field just west of that airport.

Holt said he and his wife, Susan, had been flying from their home to Bend, Ore.

Neiman says the pilot decided to do a belly landing and didn’t extend his landing gear, fearing the plane’s wheels might catch in the corn furrows.

The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating.

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