Pilot of small plane with 4 people aboard lands safely in cornfield near Lincoln Airport

The pilot of a small plane with four people aboard was able to avoid a crash Friday after his plane experienced engine problems after taking off from the Lincoln Airport.

Scott Lonergan, 46, of Lincoln, landed his 1964 Cessna 205 in a cornfield about 1 1/2 miles north of the airport, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln Fire & Rescue and the Lincoln Police Department were dispatched to the scene of the landing just after 12:15 p.m. Friday. Lonergan told officials that he turned back toward the airport after the problems arose, but with the engine trouble and a strong headwind, he knew he wouldn’t be able to make it back safely.

No one on board was injured in the landing, and the plane was not damaged.

The Federal Aviation Administration responded and will investigate the incident.

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