Saturday, April 2, 2016

Kolb Twinstar Mk III, N1978M: Incident occurred April 02, 2016 near Colorado Springs East Airport (A50), Ellicott, El Paso County, Colorado

http://registry.faa.gov/N1978M 

 Date: 02-APR-16
Time: 17:57:00Z
Regis#: N1978M
Aircraft Make: KOLB
Aircraft Model: TWINSTAR
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03
City: EL PASO
State: Colorado

AIRCRAFT EXPERIMENTAL KOLB TWINSTAR MARK III, FORCE LANDED ON A HIGHWAY, NEAR EL PASO, CO



A former Air Force pilot is OK after being forced to land his small plane on a dirt road in eastern El Paso County.

The incident happened just before 12:30 p.m. on South Baggett Road, two miles east of Highway 94.

The pilot told 11 News his engine quit while he was flying.

"I did pry the nicest landing I've ever done because I was trying to get everything right. Then I told everybody everything was fine," Retired Air Force Pilot Mike Couillard said.

The landing happened on the same day that a small plane crashed on a California freeway, then hit a car. One death and five injuries were reported in the accident. There are no reports of any other vehicles around when the plane landed on South Baggett Road Saturday.

Original article can be found here:   http://www.kktv.com


An engine problem forced a small plane to make an emergency landing on a road in eastern El Paso County on Saturday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The plane landed just after noon on the 3000 block of Flying View Runway in Ellicott, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby. 

There were no reports of injuries or damages to the plane or property, she added.

Only the pilot was on board.

As of about 2:45 p.m., the plane was being removed out of the roadway, Kirby said.

Original article can be found here: http://gazette.com

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