Sunday, January 11, 2015

Quad City Challenger II, N335SR: Incident occurred January 11, 2015 in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Regis#: N335SR
Aircraft Make: QUAD CITY
Aircraft Model: CHALLENGER
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)



IPSWICH, Mass. —A Hamilton firefighter had a scare Sunday when his plane had engine trouble over Plum Island, forcing him to land in an Ipswich field. 

"I was over Plum Island, flying my plane like I normally do and the engine started to sputter a little bit," Brunet said. 

Brunet said he informed Beverly Airport of the engine issue, and began to head directly back there when the engine quit on him.

According to Brunet, he was able to restart the engine, but when he reached Raymond Field in Ipswich the engine quit.

"It quit again at about 2,500 feet, and this was my best option so I put it down right here," Brunet said. 

Brunet said his aviation instructor was to thank for his quick thinking on Sunday. 

"I just want to thank my instructor because he has always harped on that, and that's probably what got me through this," Brunet said. 

Brunet said he built the plane he was flying Sunday. 

Ipswich police confirmed the small plane made an emergency landing at Raymond Field, and that there were no injuries as a result of the landing. 

Aside from the engine trouble that forced Brunet to land, the plane was not damaged in the landing, according to police. 

Brunet's wife told WCVB she heard the incident as it was happening over a police scanner, and immediately knew it was Brunet having engine trouble from the description of the plane.

She said she normally goes flying with Brunet, but decided not to on Sunday as it was too cold. She declined to provide her name. 

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