No injuries after plane makes unplanned landing in Douglas County field

A small plane had to make a sudden landing in a field north of Lawrence before reaching Lawrence Municipal Airport over the weekend.

No one was injured in Saturday afternoon’s incident, according to Trooper Don Hughes of the Kansas Highway Patrol, which investigated the incident.

The plane experienced a mechanical problem and was unable to make it to the airport, landing in a field in the 1600 block of North 1700 Road, Hughes said. He said Douglas County authorities notified the Highway Patrol just before 4:30 p.m.

A man who said he was piloting the plane called the incident a “fast landing,” in a Facebook post. Brian Lee Short said the plane lost throttle control and went to partial power while over the University of Kansas campus, with two passengers aboard. He said the plane was undamaged and able to be flown away later.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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