Plane makes emergency landing in McPherson County

Emergency Landing (Courtesy: Kansas Highway Patrol)

MCPHERSON, Kansas – A pilot has safely landed his small airplane on a central Kansas road after experiencing engine failure.

Twenty-two-year-old Ian Barnhart, of Wichita, and his 23-year-old passenger, Michael Parisi, of Flower Mound, Texas, weren’t hurt. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the Beechcraft Bonanza landed Tuesday afternoon about 2 miles north of Galva in McPherson County.

The patrol says the plane took off from Eisenhower Airport in Wichita around 12:30 p.m. for a routine flight check. When the plane got over McPherson County, Barnhart and Parisi started seeing troubling mechanical indicators and decided to attempt an emergency landing.

The report says a power line was struck during the descent, causing damage to the landing gear on the right side of the plane.

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