Plane makes emergency landing, two men sent to the hospital

Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 3:05 PM EDT
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On August 5, 2020 at approximately 12:52 PM the Houlton RCC received a 911 call from 35 year old Leigh Smith of Presque Isle reporting he made an emergency landing with his airplane. Cpl. Chuck Michaud responded to the scene in T 17 R3 off the Sullivan Rd. along with Maine Game Warden Ryan Fitzpatrick and multiple other first responders. Cpl. Michaud learned the following to assist the FAA and NTSB with their investigation. 26 year old Cody Anderson of Levant was giving flight instruction to 35 year old Leigh Smith when the engine failed and they were forced to make an emergency landing. The plane came to rest in a clear cut and had front end and wing damage. Both men were transported to Fort Kent Regional Hospital with non life threatening injuries. The incident remains under investigation by the Portland office of the FAA and Northeast office of the NTSB.

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