Friday, February 24, 2012

Aircraft makes emergency landing near New Underwood, South Dakota

The pilot and passenger in a single engine airplane safely walked away from an emergency landing near New Underwood Friday afternoon, according to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

The fixed-wing Piper aircraft took off from Rapid City Regional Airport at about 1:10 p.m., according to Pete Girtz, the airport's director of operations.

The sheriff’s office was contacted at 1:36 p.m. after the plane set down in a field 9.5 miles east of the airport and three miles south of New Underwood.

Deputies located the pilot and passenger in the area of 161st Avenue and 232nd Street.

Girtz said the plane, which had flown into Rapid City from Huron on Friday, was returning to Huron when it experienced engine problems.

The plane received some damage to the prop and nose gear, which is common in emergency landings, Girtz said.

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