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Pilot Makes Emergency Landing in Winsted

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WINSTED (AP) — All six people on board walked away safely after a pilot made an emergency landing in farm field near Winsted west of the Twin Cities.

The pilot deftly maneuvered the twin-engine Piper to a belly-flop landing on Wally Kerber’s soybean field after one of the engines lost power in mid-flight Friday evening.

Kerber says he’s glad the plane landed where it did, even though the Winsted airport was no more than a mile away. He says there was plenty of room as long as the plane didn’t flip over.

The plane is owned by West Metro Aviation. It was en route from Jamestown, N.D., to nearby Buffalo. Most of the six people on board were employees of a local drilling company.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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