Saturday, December 25, 2021

Incident occurred December 24, 2021 in Lyme, Jefferson County, New York

LYME — A plane was forced to make an emergency landing after a mechanical issue on Friday, which was witnessed by a woman who saw the pilot signaling from the aircraft.

Dorry McIntosh was inside her home Friday afternoon when she witnessed the plane go down. She said it had been flying in her area for much of the day. She said she saw it fly in front of her house and then over a field across the road.

The plane then did a somersault motion, she said, before something might have gone wrong. She said she saw the pilot waving his hands from the plane as if he was signaling to them that the aircraft was going down. And then it did, landing in the field across the street from her. She said her husband immediately dialed 911.

At around 4:32 p.m., Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of the small plane that had crashed in a field near 25717 Moffatt Road in the town of Lyme. An investigation revealed that a 1998 Lockwood Drifter with a solo pilot onboard was forced to make an emergency landing due to mechanical issues.

The landing was successful and the plane sustained minor damage. There were no injuries reported. The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and will follow up as necessary. The sheriff’s office was assisted by state police, the Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department and the Cape Vincent Ambulance Squad.


  1. "had been flying in her area for much of the day." suggests fuel starvation!

  2. She said the pilot was gesturing to her; maybe he wanted her to go fetch a can of gas!