A single-engine plane that had experienced mechanical problems on its flight from Indiana to Lincoln made an emergency landing in a field northeast of town Thursday night.
Richard Phelps, the 44-year-old pilot of the 2019 Cirrus plane, told the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office the plane started showing signs of engine trouble near Plattsmouth, but the problems seemed subside after reducing altitude.
Sheriff Terry Wagner said engine trouble erupted again as Phelps and a 60-year-old passenger, both Indiana men, approached Lincoln around 8:30 p.m.
“He didn’t think he could get to Lincoln Airport,” Wagner said.
The pilot flew away from populated areas of the city and emptied fuel after identifying a field near North 112th Street and Havelock Avenue, where he made the emergency landing, according to the sheriff’s office.
No one was injured in the incident, which called the sheriff’s office, Nebraska State Patrol, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Waverly Fire and Rescue, Southeast Fire and Rescue and the Hazardous Materials from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
Wagner said the plane was equipped with a parachute designed to facilitate forced landings. He said the plane was damaged in the incident but remained in one piece.