Small plane makes emergency landing at Purdue Airport

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WEST LAFAYETTE – A small plane experienced engine trouble in the early morning hours on Wednesday before making a safe emergency landing at Purdue University Airport.

According to investigators, the Cessna 182 based out of San Diego started experiencing problems between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. During the landing, the plane went off the end of the runway and down a hill, coming to a stop at a fence. The only person aboard was the pilot, who was not hurt.

The pilot called the National Transportation Safety Board after the crash and went to a local hotel for the night. A groundskeeper discovered the plane on the way to work Wednesday morning, but the airport didn’t know what happened until the pilot called around 9 a.m.

The FAA is investigating. The plane will eventually be towed to Lafayette Aviation for inspection. If cleared, the pilot plans to complete his flight to San Diego.

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