Plane Has Rough Landing Near Clinics of North Texas

Two men were left uninjured after the small plane they were in made an emergency landing in a field near the Clinics of North Texas and east of Kickapoo Airport. Their names have not been released.

It happened a little after 10 Tuesday morning during a re-certification flight for a pilot, which was supervised by another pilot according to the DPS.

Authorities say the pilot and the pilot instructor were trying to bring in the single engine Beechcraft Bonanza to land at Kickapoo Airport when it lost power.

The pilot saw an opportunity to make a safe landing in the field and took it. Even though the plane skidded about 80 yards from where it touched down, no fire or even smoke was reported. The two men inside did not even have to go to the hospital.

Now the scene has been secured and will be monitored by Wichita Falls Police throughout the night until the Federal Aviation Administration investigators arrive Wednesday.

Department of Public Safety officials say a routine training flight turned dangerous when the plane shutdown.

Patrick Timm with the Department of Public Safety said, "He said it all happened really quick so it was probably a matter of seconds."

The pilot instructor who was in the passenger seat said despite not being certified to fly on his own yet, the pilot who was being trained handled the power outage well.

"The pilot was actually from my understanding was doing his practicals to be re-certified and the instructor said he was doing outstanding job until the point they lost power and then he actually did and outstanding job of getting the plane down safely," Timm relayed.

The field is next to fire station number 3 and firefighters and police were on the scene very quickly. DPS is handling the investigation until the FAA gets out to the field Wednesday.

"We basically secure the scene until the FAA shows up and they continue the investigation, we gather all the information and for 'EEM and then secure the scene," said Timm.

According to the FAA registry, the Beechcraft Bonanza is registered to Glenn Beavers of Wichita Falls, who has piloted planes here for many years. He also operates Beavers Aircraft Management.

We attempted to contact him but have not been able to reach him.

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