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Archive for Friday, July 13, 2012

25 years ago: Local family makes emergency landing in rented plane

July 13, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 13, 1987:

  • Lawrence drivers were saddened to discover that gasoline were once again forecast to rise to a dollar per gallon. Although the majority of self-serve stations in town were still selling their gas at 89.9 cents per gallon, an increase in crude oil prices was expected to cause a corresponding increase in pump prices this summer.
  • John Moorhead, 33, his wife Julie, 24, and baby son Ryan had been taking a moonlit ride in a rented airplane when they were forced to make an emergency landing in a soybean field between Lawrence and Ottawa. The plane, a Piper Cherokee 140, had developed engine trouble at about 3,500 feet and had begun descending at a rate of 250 feet per minute. After landing in the field, the couple had taken four-month-old Ryan, who had slept through the entire incident, and walked to a factory to call the Franklin County Sheriff's Department for help. Moorhead, who had been flying for about a year, credited the training he'd received from his instructor as well as the light of the full moon for the successful landing. Moorhead said that the accident had not deterred him from flying, but he added, "It will be a while before I take my family up again."

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