Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Rix Rocket, N959Z: Incident occurred October 04, 2017 near Mount Sterling Municipal Airport (I63) , Brown County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

Aircraft force landed on a road.

Date: 04-OCT-17
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N959Z
Aircraft Make: RIX
Aircraft Model: ROCKET
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Brown County, IL - Brown County, Illinois, emergency management said authorities responded to an emergency plane landing Wednesday evening on a highway north of Mt. Sterling.

Emergency Management Director Curt Hannig said the plane landed on IL 99, approximately 1.5 miles north of Mt. Sterling. The Brown County Sheriff's Office stated they were called to the incident at 5 p.m.

"It was a small, private plane that landed just north of the golf course," Hannig said. "But they landed safely."

Hannig said the sheriff's office went to the scene, along with the airport manager.

The sheriff's office said John Musgrave, 66, of Morris, Illinois, took off from Mt. Sterling Municipal Airport, but had engine problems shortly after takeoff. The sheriff's office said the Musgrave made an emergency landing on IL-99 about two miles north of town.

A witness said he was driving north on IL-99 when he saw the plane coming down a hill going south. He said the pilot got out of the plane and told the witness to call 911.

"I came over the hill and saw the plane coming right at me," the witness said. "I'm just glad the pilot is alright and nobody was injured."

The sheriff's office said there was no damage to the plane or the road. They said the road was blocked for two hours so the plane could be towed back to the airport.

Brown County Sheriff Karl Groesch said the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the incident.

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