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Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Failure

Posted: Jan 23, 2014 6:44 PM by Jasmine Bailey, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Jan 25, 2014 11:08 PM

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BOONE COUNTY - When both engines went out on a twin engine Cessna 414, the pilot's quick thinking saved everyone on board and kept the plane in one piece.

"Almost simultaneously both engines failed," the pilot, Curtis Powell said. "It's a hopeless feeling. As soon as we lost one engine and the other shortly gave way, and then we're just a big glider."

The incident happened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. It was traveling from Iowa to Jefferson City when the first engine stopped working. Powell landed the plane in a bean field just west of Ashland.

"The airport tower received a distress signal from the aircraft and they weren't able to make it to the airport and landed safely at the intersection of Route M and DD," Lt. Corey Sapp with the Southern Boone County Fire District said.

The passengers in the plane were very shaken up but did not sustain any injuries. Law enforcement is investigating what caused the engine failures and are treating the area as a crime scene as a precaution.

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