Friday, November 05, 2021

Cessna 152, N69204: Incident occurred November 03, 2021 near Sterling Airport (3B3), Worcester County, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley

Aircraft made a forced landing in a field due to engine issues. 

FCA Flight Center Inc

Date: 03-NOV-21
Time: 19:52:00Z
Regis#: N69204
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 152
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

STERLING, Massachusetts — A small plane made an emergency landing in a clearing at a Massachusetts farm in Sterling on Wednesday afternoon.

The Cessna 152 made a successful landing at Davis Farmland, a popular destination for families featuring mazes, apple and pumpkin picking and petting zoos with farm animals.

Video from Sky 5 showed the plane parked in the field, with what appeared to be no damage.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Cessna 152 landed in a field southeast of Sterling Airport in Sterling, Massachusetts, around 3:50 p.m. "The pilot reported engine issues prior to landing. Two people were on board. The FAA will investigate."

According to online flight records, the plane is normally based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and registered to the FCA Flight Center which helps train pilots.

Davis Farmland had closed for the season, according to the business.

There were no injuries reported.


  1. Congratulations to the pilot on a successful off-airport landing.

    But...are those red objects in the first picture gas cans? If it was due to fuel mismanagement, at least no one got hurt.

  2. No student pilot with an instructor. Engine malfunction of some sort. Plane is back at FIT

  3. Student pilot with an instructor. Engine malfunction


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