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TAYLORVILLE — A twin engine Piper Navajo airplane made a safe emergency landing in a bean field north of the Taylorville Municipal Airport Sunday around noon. The pilot indicated he was having mechanical problem and later radioed he had lost power in both engines, prompting the emergency landing. Pilot Kevin Friesen, of Manitoba, Canada, was not injured in the landing and it appeared the aircraft suffered no damage as well. Submitted Photo
TAYLORVILLE — A twin engine Piper Navajo made an emergency landing in a bean field north of Taylorville Municipal Airport about noon on Sunday. According to reports, the pilot, Kevin Friesen of Manitoba, Canada, was en route from Ocala, Fla. to his home when he encountered mechanical problems near Taylorville.
He was planning to land to refuel at the time. A Mid-America Parachute Club pilot noticed the low flying air- craft and radioed to Friesen, asking if he was having problems. He respond- ed he was and at one point, they believed they had the problem fixed.
However, upon final approach to the airport, Friesen radioed he had lost
power in both engines. He put the plane down in the field, about a mile- and-a-half north of the airport off Langleville Road. The field belongs to Jeff Ashburn.
Friesen, the lone occupant of the plane, was uninjured and the airplane did not appear to suffer any exterior damage.