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Sprayer plane makes emergency landing

Submitted Photo A small crop sprayer aircraft sits in a ditch following an emergency landing near Hebron Monday.

HEBRON – The pilot of a small crop sprayer aircraft was uninjured after making an emergency landing due to engine failure on a Morton County Road east of Hebron Monday, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The pilot, Pierson Chase, reported to the Highway Patrol that he was coming from spraying south of Glen Ullin heading back to Hebron when the engine began acting abnormally, surging and sputtering. Chase attempted to make it to the Hebron airstrip when the engine quit, and he attempted to land on Morton County Road 89 just north of County Road 140 about 7:30 a.m. MT. The small aircraft was pulled into the ditch.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified and are investigating the incident.

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