FAA Flight Standards District Office: FARGO FSDO GL-21
AIRCRAFT MADE AN EMERGENCY DESCENT AND LANDED IN A FIELD, 5 MILES SOUTH OF CROOKSTON, MINNESOTA.
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Crookston Fire Rescue, Minnesota State Patrol, Crookston Area Ambulance and Fisher Police Department responded to the scene.
Upon arrival the aircraft was located in Section 4 of Hammond Township.
UND Instructor Pilot Joseph Gromek, age 22 of Grand Forks ND and UND Student Pilot Collin Bates, age 21 of Grand Forks ND were located out of the plane and uninjured.
Upon investigation the Polk County Sheriff’s Office learned, the 2008 Cessna 172S engine failed, flying south of Crookston at approximately 900ft in the air.
The two pilots then conducted an emergency landing in a plowed field in Hammond Township near 340th St. SW and 280th Ave SW. They were the only people in the aircraft. The aircraft sustained light damage as result of the emergency landing.
Upon conclusion of the investigation the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was in communication with the Federal Aviation Administration of Fargo ND and the aircraft was released to the University of North Dakota Aviation.