Emergency Landing

A single-engine aircraft sits on a harvested field Friday north of Kawasaki Motors in Lincoln after making an emergency landing.

FRANCIS GARDLER, Journal Star

A family escaped unharmed after a Lincoln man safely landed a propeller plane that experienced engine trouble immediately after takeoff Friday.

The 1964 Cessna 205 had just taken off from the Lincoln Airport with four people on board when the engine troubles began.

Scott Lonergan, 46, the plane's owner and pilot, turned back toward the airport, but "knew he would not be able to make it back safely," the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

"Lonergan performed an emergency, forced landing in the cornfield which resulted in no injuries to those on board nor any damage to the airplane," the release said.

The landing was about 1½ miles north of the airport, near Kawasaki Motors.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

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Tess Williams is a reporting intern.

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