State official emergency lands plane on golf course

Posted July 12, 2009, at 10:33 a.m.

AUBURN, Maine — A pilot and his passenger are safe after making an emergency landing on a Maine golf course.

Auburn police says engine trouble forced Patrick McGowan of Hallowell to land his 1946 Aeronca Champ airplane on the fourth fairway at the Fox Ridge golf course Saturday morning.

McGowan, who is the commissioner of Maine’s Department of Conservation and has been a pilot for 35 years, told WCSH-TV he was heading from Waterville to Hampton, N.H.

The plane ended up on its belly in a gully, with its landing gear sheared off.

Neither McGowan nor his passenger were hurt, and damage to the fairway was limited.

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