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Publish Date: 10/23/2005

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Emergency vehicles from the Hygiene Fire Department and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office leave the scene of a small-plane emergency landing in a field north of Longmont on Saturday. The pilot, George Swain, and two passengers were not hurt when the plane landed in the field near 95th Street and Yellowstone Road after losing engine power. Times-Call/Ben Woodruff

No one hurt in bumpy landing
Engine failure forces pilot to set small plane down in field


LONGMONT — A flight instructor flying two friends around northern Boulder County landed his four-seat plane in a field Saturday morning after the engine failed.

No one was injured in the emergency landing of the red 1946 Stinson 108. The plane survived the unexpected landing intact, with no apparent damage.

Pilot George Swain radioed that he was having engine trouble about 11:40 a.m. and then brought the plane in for a safe, slightly uphill landing in a stubble-covered field just north of the intersection of Yellowstone Road and 95th Street.

“Everything turned out just fine,” Swain, of Thornton, said after the landing. “I’m just going to tow it over to a house and wait for the mechanics.”

Rescue workers with Hygiene Fire and the Longmont Emergency Squad were dispatched to the scene but sent home after the all-clear from sheriff’s deputies. The accident occurred just south of the Larimer County line.

“If your engine goes out, you have to put it down where you can put it down safely and walk away,” said Vance Brand Municipal Airport manager Tim Barth.

Swain’s two passengers seemed a little shell-shocked shortly after their unexpected landing, standing in a field awaiting pickup. But they said they were fine.

“It was a bit bumpy,” said one of the men, declining to be identified.

Swain said the two passengers were friends of his.

According to FAA records, Swain holds ratings for single-engine airplanes and for instrument landings, and he is a single-engine qualified flight instructor.

Swain declined other comment; it was unclear whether he had taken off from or was flying to Vance Brand. Airport workers said they were unfamiliar with him and his plane.

Further details about the circumstances of the emergency landing were unavailable Saturday. The National Transportation Safety Board was reviewing the incident.

Trevor Hughes can be reached at 303-684-5220, or by e-mail at thughes@times-call.com.

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