Saturday, April 11, 2015

Rainbow Aircraft CHEETAH XLS, N150RC: Incident occurred April 11, 2015 in Peosta, Dubuque County, Iowa

PEOSTA, Iowa -- No one was injured this morning when a pilot flying a small, single-engine plane made an emergency landing on a rural Peosta road.

The pilot, Adam Maritz, of California, was in the middle of a trip from that state to Illinois when he saw smoke in the cockpit, he and law enforcement reported. In response, he shut off his avionics equipment -- a move that prompted Dubuque Regional Airport staff to alert emergency responders since they lost contact with the plane.

Maritz found a stretch of Cox Springs Road without nearby power lines and landed the plane, which he then drove into a nearby parking lot. Maritz was the only occupant of the plane.

He was not injured, and no property damage has been reported.


PEOSTA, Iowa -- An airplane apparently made an emergency landing in Peosta this morning.

Emergency responders were dispatched after Dubuque Regional Airport lost communication with the plane. Minutes later, scanner traffic indicated that responders found that it had landed just off Cox Springs Road somewhat near Horsfield Construction's Peosta plant and office.

Scanner traffic did not indicate if the plane was damaged in any way. 

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