Plane makes emergency landing

Friday, May 30th 2008, 11:22 am
By: News 9

Associated Press

A pilot made an emergency landing Friday after his engine stalled, putting his single-engine airplane down in a field in southern Logan County, north of Wiley Post Airport in the second such incident in as many days.

Pilot Richard Rohlf, 70, of Truckee, Calif., was not injured and the plane had little damage, said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph.

"This guy did a great job of landing," Randolph said.

Rohlf had flown the plane to Tennessee for an annual inspection and was returning to California when the engine died, Randolph said.

"He said the plane stalled and died so he just abandoned all hope of getting it started again and started looking for a place to land," she said.

The plane is a fixed wing, Jabiru USA Sport, registered to Gary Anderson of Carnelian Bay, Calif., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig.

The FAA will investigate the incident, Herwig said.

On Thursday, the pilot of another single-engine plane made an emergency landing in a wheat field northwest of the airport. He also was uninjured and had also reported engine problems.

Randolph estimated the site of Friday's emergency landing was about 12 miles from that of Thursday's incident.