Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Antonov An-2P, N69AN: Incident occurred August 15, 2021 in Richmond, Chittenden County, Vermont

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aircraft made a precautionary landing in a field. 

Date: 15-AUG-21
Time: 18:00:00Z
Regis#: N69AN
Aircraft Make: PZL MIELEC
Aircraft Model: AN2
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

RICHMOND, Vermont — Vermont State Police said a plane made an emergency landing in Richmond, Vermont, around 3:15 p.m. today. They say it happened between US RT 2 and Interstate 89.

Police said the pilot was Kyle Clark, founder of Beta Technologies, and the co-pilot was George Coy.

Police said the aircraft made a safe landing and there were no injuries.

The Richmond Fire Department said Clark was having engine problems and hoped he could make it back to Burlington International Airport.

Beta Technologies is the company that was operating the helicopter that crashed on the Colchester Causeway last month. It builds electric aircraft that do not let off emissions.

Beta Technologies released a statement to NBC5 News, which said, "Today, a conventional, gas-powered personally owned airplane piloted by Kyle Clark, executed a landing in a vacant field near Richmond. Mr. Clark, a highly experienced pilot, and a passenger walked away without injury. In addition, there were no injuries or damage on the ground. Mr. Clark is grateful to the first responders who arrived on the scene and he is in the process of recovering the plane from the location. An investigation is underway as to the cause of the incident."

Vermont State Police, Richmond police, Richmond Fire Department, Bolton Fire Department and The Vermont Air National Guard Fire Department responded to the scene.