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Vintage plane pilot lands safely after losing power

September 27, 2011, 04:05 pm

A pilot returning from a New Mexico air show was forced to make an emergency landing when his vintage military training plane lost power to its engine, according to the Arizona Republic. The plane, owned by an aviation museum, suffered minimal damage and the pilot was unharmed.

The pilot, William Fier, was flying a Harvard Mark IV built in the early 1950s that had been painted to look like a World War II-era Japanese fighter plane. When the single-engine craft lost power, Fier was forced to make an emergency landing in a field in Thatcher, Arizona.

“He did an excellent job of getting it down with very minimal damage to the aircraft,” Thatcher Police Sergeant Mark Stevens told the source. Fier was the only person in the plane at the time of the emergency, and officials said the downed craft will be removed from the field on a flatbed truck.

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