Plane makes unscheduled landing in Smith Co.

Published: May. 27, 2013 at 6:03 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM CDT
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(Source: Smith County Sheriff's Department)
(Source: Smith County Sheriff's Department)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas couple had to land their plane in a field Monday after they say their engine gave out.

The couple chose a field off of Oscar Burkett Road in southern Smith County because of its long open space.

Smith County emergency crews responded to the scene but no one was injured and the property the plane landed on was not damaged.

The pilot, Rusty Rust, his wife, and their two dogs were in the plane, heading from Oklahoma to Nacogdoches. They say they started having engine problems and realized they were losing speed. They knew they could not make it back to the Tyler airport so they made a hard unscheduled landing in a field.

"Pilots are always looking for what to do if the motor quits. That's what happened to me. The training kicks in and you try to get the motor restarted and if you can't then pick a field and land," Rust says.

Rust says his wife was sitting in the plane's back seat helping him pick out a field to land in. She was also in charge of keeping their two dogs calm.

He says the plane was not damaged and as soon as he fixes the problem they will be back in the air, "Flying an airplane is just like any other activity, it has it's risks and this is one of them, but you train for it very well and when it comes up the training kicks in and you hopefully end up like I am, with a field with a plane sitting here and nobody is hurt, which is the biggest thing."

The FAA has been notified of the incident.

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