Monday, December 13, 2021

Cessna 150K, N1728Q: Incident occurred December 11, 2021 in Grand Forks, North Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed on a road. 

UND Aerospace Foundation

Date: 11-DEC-21
Time: 20:25:00Z
Regis#: N1728Q
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: FAR 141 PILOT SCHOOL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
Flight Number: NDU0

A UND airplane made an emergency landing on a county road on the afternoon of Saturday, December 11.

According to UND, two members of UND’s student flying team landed on a country road near Northwood after experiencing engine problems. There were no injuries during the incident. The students were flying in a normal UND practice area when the plane began shaking, and experienced a partial power loss.

The pilots were not close enough to the nearby Northwood Airport, and opted to land the plane on a paved county road.

“They did an outstanding job in handling the situation,” said David Dodds, UND spokesperson.

After landing, the students maneuvered the plane into a turnout along the road, so it could remain open. The students were then driven back to Grand Forks later Saturday evening. The airplane was placed on a trailer, but remained at the landing site because of darkness. It was taken to the Northwood Airport on Sunday, and is awaiting maintenance, inspections and corrections.

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