Plane makes emergency landing near Till Road

The incident happened at 3 p.m. in a field behind the Allen County Sheriff Department Reserve on the 3000 block Easterday Road.

Posted: May. 15, 2018 8:59 PM
Updated: May. 16, 2018 9:11 AM

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - No one was hurt when a small plane made an emergency landing in northern Allen County.

The incident happened at 3 p.m. in a field behind the Allen County Sheriff Department Reserve on the 3000 block Easterday Road.

The pilot, David DeWald, told FOX 55 his engine cut off shortly after taking off from Smith Field Airport.

"This is what we train for," he said.

DeWald said he navigated the plane into the field, while avoiding power lines.

"We had 20 seconds to make a lot of decisions and too think through, and figure out what was the right thing to do," said DeWald.

Rain Monday night made the ground a little too soft for a perfect landing, so the nose dug into the mud, spinning it.

"God takes care of you. You do your best and he does the rest. I can't think of anything more. No one was shooting at us, I'm not in a war," DeWald said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Traffic Safety Board are investigating.

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