News Plane incidents — 10 May 2017

An engine failure reportedly forced a single-engine four-seat airplane to make an emergency landing in the field across from UGA’s Livestock Instructional Arena off South Milledge Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

No injuries were reported after the 1963 Beechcraft Bonanza, with pilot Bobby Wink of Bishop and a friend, Mark Sulimirski, made the emergency landing at around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

“God is good,” Swink said at the scene. “Nobody was hurt and the airplane is OK.”

Swink, a veteran pilot with more than 50 years of experience, was ascending after taking off from the nearby Athens-Ben Epps Airport when his engine lost power.

The 70-year-old pilot glided for more than a minute before touching down in the field at the end of South Milledge Avenue near Whitehall Road.

The airplane will remain in the field for the time being, until representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration have a chance to survey the scene. A meeting with the FAA at the landing site is expected Wednesday morning, according to Swink.

University of Georgia police were on the scene in the aftermath of the emergency landing. One lane of South Milledge Avenue was partially blocked as emergency personnel responded to the scene.

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