Plane makes emergency landing in field; 2 hurt

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ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — A small plane went down in a field on the southeast side of Allen County Friday afternoon.

Just after 4 p.m., a plane went down in a field off Brunson Road near U.S. 27, some 12 miles southeast of Fort Wayne International Airport just north of the Allen-Adams county line.

A small aircraft could be seen down in the field near an outbuilding.

Allen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Adam Griffith said just after 4 p.m., the Fort Wayne – Allen County Airport Authority alerted the sheriff’s department about an incoming aircraft that was having mechanical issues, and was going down.

Griffith said a man and woman were inside the plane and they deployed a parachute from the aircraft at about 1,000 feet. They were able to put the plane down in the field, “as safe as it could be,” he said.

The pair was treated for minor injuries.

“They were very lucky today,” Griffith said of the plane’s occupants.

The plane – a Cirrus SR22 single-engine aircraft – is registered out of Fairfax, Virginia, according to Federal Aviation Administration records. Griffith said the couple was traveling to South Bend for Saturday’s Notre Dame vs. New Mexico college football game.

The FAA is investigating the incident along with the sheriff’s department and the airport authority.

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