Pilot talks about emergency landing near Ashland
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:20:22 GMT —
Update: January 24, 2014, 4:35 p.m.
Federal investigators want to know what caused a twin prop plane to make an emergency landing near Ashland.
No one was hurt when the plane went down in a small field Thursday afternoon.
Columbia charter pilot Kirk Powell was flying 3 clients in their plane on a return trip from Council Bluffs, Iowa when one of his engines died about 15 miles from where the plane ended up. His twin engine plane continued to fly without any problems. Moments later, he lost his second engine and turned a soybean field into a bumpy runway.Powell said, â??Itâ??s what we do for a living. Itâ??s just another day at the office. Itâ??s just a bad day.â??
Powell said the emergency landing wasnâ??t that bad because the frozen field was as hard as concrete.
Powell said, â??You just fall back on training and instinct kick in. You just handle the situations as they come up. When itâ??s all said and done, you sit back and reflect on it and say Iâ??m glad thatâ??s over.â??
Powell didnâ??t have time to land at airports in Columbia or Jefferson City. The landing gear gave out as the plane landed and came to a stop on its belly.
Powell said he is a professional pilot and always had the situation under control. His wife Vicki has a different perspective and thanks God her husband is still alive.Vicki Powell said, â??Itâ??s truly a miracle. God was definitely watching out for my husband and the passengers in the plane. He lost both engines. He made a safe landing. He saved the passengers.â??
We asked Powell if he considers himself a hero like Captain â??Sullyâ?? Sullenberger who safely landed a plane in the Hudson River.Powell said, â??No, not at all. No, my skills donâ??t compare to his in the least.â??
FAA investigators out of Kansas City are sending information and evidence from the crash site to the National Transportation Safety Board as they try to find an official cause of the crash.
Federal investigators are trying to figure out what caused a twin prop plane to make an emergency landing near Ashland Thursday afternoon.
The NTSB and FAA spent Friday at the scene trying to determine a cause.
Kirk Powell was the pilot of the plane and was just glad to walk away from unhurt.
â??Iâ??m a professional pilot,â?? Powell said. â??Everyone has a bad day at the office. This was a bad day for me.â??
The Southern Boone County Fire District tells KRCG 13 the twin-prop plane had one engine fail when those on board called an emergency and planned to land at Columbia Regional Airport.
After the second engine failed, the plane made an emergency landing in a field at Route M and Palis Nichols Road.
The landing gear failed as the plane landed and came to a stop on its belly.
None of the four people on board was hurt.