Skip to main content

Pilot makes daring landing as engine fails on way home from Duluth Airshow

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A classic plane pilot had to make a daring crash landing in a field as he made his way home from the Duluth Airshow.

The 61-year-old pilot from Shorewood, Minnesota, was flying his U.S. Navy 630 biplane from Duluth to Anoka when he encountered engine failure at around 6:50 p.m. on Saturday.

Realizing he needed to make an emergency landing, the pilot pulled off an impressive feat of flying to land it in a bean field near Stanchfield Township.

The Isanti County Sheriff's Office described the landing on its Facebook page.

"He attempted to land in a soybean field, but had too much speed to stop safely in the bean field. The pilot was able to fly underneath the power lines on Lever Street, flying over Lever St. and then came down hard in an unplanted field on the west side of Lever St. It was at this time the landing gear crushed and the plane came to a rest on the belly of the plane in the field."

The pilot and his co-pilot, who is from St. Francis, Minnesota, managed to escape the incident without any injuries and then secured the plane. The Federal Aviation Authority will now investigate.

Airshow a success

The 2016 Duluth Airshow was branded "another successful show" by organizers, as more than 45,000 people attended over the two-day event – 35,000 of them on Saturday, an email news release says.

Held at the Duluth International Airshow, planes that took part included a Marine Harrier, the Navy F-18, and the Air Force Thunderbirds.

"We’re thrilled with the outcome of the 2016 show," said Duluth Airshow President, Ryan Kern, in the news release. "Saturday was an ideal day for an airshow, and though the weather on Sunday was initially more challenging, it was actually a great airshow day as well."

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-12 at 7.12.27 PM

Storms cause grain bin to fall on car, killing one in central MN

The National Weather Service confirmed the death on Thursday evening.

FSmb9kkWAB0UBqk

Ferocious winds, possible tornadoes leave destruction in MN

Numerous reports of tornadoes and nearly 100 mph straight-line winds.

canoe

Canoe carrying 4 overturns near St. John's University

Of the four, only one was wearing a lifejacket when the boat capsized Wednesday.

pexels beer bar craft brewery

MN's craft alcohol makers back new push to loosen state's liquor laws

The pushback includes loosening restrictions on growler sales for bigger craft breweries and a more direct line of spirit sales to customers.

Screen Shot 2022-05-12 at 8.02.19 PM

Severe thunderstorm warnings in the Twin Cities

It's the second night in a row that severe storms are hitting the metro.

storm

Twin Cities placed in tornado watch ahead of intense line of storms

Photo above is a view from Marshall as the line of storms moved through Thursday evening.

fire pixabay stock

1 dead, 1 escapes western Wisconsin house fire

The single-story home was fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived early Wednesday morning.

Wind storms tree

Rare 'particularly dangerous situation' weather watch issued in SW MN

The warning covers an area of Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

fire, firefighter

Dad and 2 children killed in western Wisconsin house fire

A devastating house fire happened early Thursday morning.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

2 suspects involved in Brooklyn Park armed carjacking

The incident happened Wednesday night near a shopping center and Cub.

Alexander Odegaard

Man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for child pornography

Alexander John Odegaard was sentenced in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

Related