Fire in cockpit forces emergency landing

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A badly burned aircraft sits on the runway at Knox County Airport after a pilot was forced into an emergency landing Saturday. The pilot was able to land and escape with minor injuries after he discovered a fire in the cockpit during a flight from Licking County.

MOUNT VERNON — Saturday afternoon a plane made an emergency landing at the Knox County Airport after the pilot discovered flames inside the cockpit.

The pilot, a Knox County resident, told the News that he was flying a rented Cessna 172 from the Licking County Airport to the Knox County Airport when he looked down and saw flames at his feet. The flight was meant to be a for fun trip between the two airports to log time for his license, which he has had for about a year and a half, he said. However, when he noticed the flames, he knew he had to get the plane landed as quickly as possible.

“At that point, it was just get it to the ground,” he said, describing his reaction to thinking on his feet and making decisions quickly in the moment.

 

Chelsea Olms: 740-397-5333 or chelsea@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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