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Small plane makes emergency landing in Sanford; no injuries reported

Posted June 17, 2016

— A small plane with two people on board made an emergency landing Friday morning near the Raleigh Executive Jetport in Sanford, police said.

The plane went down at about 10:30 a.m. while traveling from Charlotte to Raleigh. Officials said the plane's engine failed about 4 miles south of the runway, forcing the pilot to land in a field about 1 mile from the airport on Ammons Farm Road.

The pilot and passenger were not hurt. The plane was a Piper Arrow IV.

Skies were clear below 12,000 feet at the time the plane landed. Visibility was good, and winds were northwesterly at 7 mph at the time.

The airport, located on Rod Sullivan Road in Sanford, is a hub for corporate and small airplanes.


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  • David Craft Jun 17, 2016
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    Soime days are better than others... Glad it was able to land to land safely....Thank God...

  • John Smith Jun 17, 2016
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    Soooo close... maybe 1/2 mile left? Just throwing darts at the wall here: On final, no go go juice (faulty fuel pump or forgot to turn in on during landing procedures).
    Awesome off-airport landing though.