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Airplane forced to land in Frederick County field

April 19, 2005

FREDERICK, Md. - An aircraft that was having engine difficulties was forced to make an emergency landing in a field northwest of Frederick's border Monday, according to Maryland State Police.

Sgt. Ira Click said the pilot, whose name was not released, sent a radio transmission that he was having engine difficulties stemming from a lack of fuel while flying over Frederick County. Click said troopers were dispatched to look for the plane, which made an emergency landing in a field off Bethel Road just after 4:30 p.m.

Upon arriving at the scene, troopers found the plane in tact and the pilot, who was alone, without injury, Click said.

"He safely landed his aircraft without incident," Click said.

Click said additional information was not being released by state police because the Federal Aviation Administration was handling the investigation.

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