Pilot lands single-engine plane in Farmingdale hayfield

Posted June 08, 2010, at 6:20 p.m.

FARMINGDALE, Maine — The pilot of a small plane escaped unharmed when he was forced to make an emergency landing in a hayfield in near Augusta.

Forty-year-old Todd Bell of Sanford said he spotted a field in Farmingdale after his engine quit at 2,500 feet after taking off from Augusta en route to Sanford shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Bell told The Associated Press he steered his single-engine Cherokee to avoid power lines and landed safely in 3-foot-high hay. His plane wasn’t damaged.

Bell posted a photo of his plane on his blog for “Wings with the Word,” a missionary within the Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, where he is the pastor.

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The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

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