Small plane loses power, lands in field outside Eldersburg

January 01, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Two men safely landed a single-engine aircraft in a field near Eldersburg when they lost power during an instructional flight Friday afternoon.

Both men, one a certified flight instructor and the other a student pilot, walked a short distance to a house on Klee Mill Road near Liberty Road after the emergency landing, state police said.

Tfc. James Hockett said the pilot in command, Jeffrey W. Byrd, 27, of Ellicott City, and the student, R. P. Turnicky, 43, of Brookeville in Montgomery County, were on a training flight when the 1939 Taylorcraft lost power. They landed the tail dragger in a grassy field, causing no damage to the restored vintage aircraft or the field.

State police took the men to a nearby airport where the men borrowed rope and stakes to tie down the plane until it could be removed from the field. Police notified the Federal Aviation Administration, as required whenever an aircraft makes an emergency landing.

The plane, owned by Mr. Turnicky, was "beautifully restored," Trooper Hockett said. Motorists along the 5300 block of Klee Mill Road were not aware of the emergency landing because the aircraft was shielded by trees.

The men told the trooper they would have the plane checked to determine the cause of the power failure and arrange to get it out of the field.

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