News Article - March 01, 2007

Airplane makes emergency landing  
  NEW GARDEN — A small airplane made an emergency landing in a muddy compost area off Cooper Road on Wednesday afternoon. New Garden Police Chief Larry Dampman said a man was flying the plane by himself was not injured during the landing, which occurred at about 1 p.m. There were no other reported injuries. “The pilot, as far as we can tell, is not injured,” Dampman said Wednesday at the township police department.

   On Wednesday afternoon, a New Garden officer stood by the small, white aircraft, which rested against a large compost pile. Dampman said New Garden police would secure the area until officials from the Federal Aviation Administration arrived and investigated the landing. “Right now, we don’t really know what happened,” the chief said. “They’re on their way to the scene.”

   Dampman said it was a possibility that the airplane was low on fuel at the time of the landing. The landing occurred a few miles from the New Garden Airport. “He was close to the airport,” Dampman said. “I can only assume that’s where he intended to go.” The chief added that he was happy no one was hurt during the incident. “Obviously, it was very fortunate he put the plane down in that area,” Dampman said.
Source - Daily Local