Sunday, October 13, 2019

Cessna 182, N20855: Incident occurred October 12, 2019 in Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena

Aircraft made an emergency landing in a field.

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Date: 12-OCT-19
Time: 16:20:00Z
Regis#: N20855
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

GALLATIN GATEWAY, Montana - A small airplane made an unscheduled landing in a Gallatin County alfalfa field around 10:30 AM on Saturday, a Gallatin County Sheriff's Office official says.

According to Gallatin County Sheriff's Office Captain Jason Jarrett, a 26-year-old woman was flying a Cessna 182, a four-seat, single-engine plane, above Gallatin Gateway when her engine failed, forcing her to land in a field off of Dead Cow Run.

The woman, from Park City, Montana, was the plane's only occupant and was not injured during the incident. It's unknown where she was heading.

Jarrett says there didn't appear to be any damage to the alfalfa field, and the pilot was able to fly out of the plot without any issues.

"You gotta be doing everything right when it all goes wrong," said Jarrett on Sunday about the close call.

The Gallatin Gateway Fire Department and the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office both responded to the scene on Saturday.

An investigation into the origin of the mechanical issues has been referred to the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article ➤

A small airplane experiencing mechanical trouble landed in an alfalfa field near Gallatin Gateway on Saturday, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said a 24-year-old woman from Park City, Montana reported mechanical problems around 10 a.m. Saturday.

The woman was able to land the airplane safely in an alfalfa field off Dead Cow Run, near the Axtell Anceny fishing access site.

"No injuries, no damage to the plane, good job putting it down," said Captain Jason Jarrett, Gallatin County Sheriff's Office. "It's one of those where they say, 'Any landing that you walk away from is a good landing,' and that was the case on this one."

The woman was uninjured and was the only occupant of the airplane.

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  1. let's see; had an engine problem that forced the pilot to land in a field, yet she was able to fly it out later; what after she added some gas?? LOL

  2. I guess the ice in the carburetor melted so she could fly happily away.

  3. My money is on carb ice as well. Didn't see tail number or what model 182 it was though to know which engine it has.

  4. Could have been worse... landed near 'Dead Cow Run'!

  5. I like how they called it a un-scheduled landing.