September 23, 2019
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Pilot makes emergency landing in The County for 2nd time in a year

WESTFIELD, Maine — A Dedham pilot was forced Sunday to make an emergency landing in Aroostook County due to engine trouble for the second time in less than a year.

Craig Maynard, 57, was flying with his father, Rodney Maynard, 78, of Presque Isle, when the 1961 Cessna 172 developed engine trouble shortly after noon as they were flying over Westfield and heading to Houlton, according to the Maine State Police.

No one was injured.

The elder Maynard spotted the field when the engine trouble began, Cpl. Dennis Quint said in a news release issued Sunday afternoon. Craig Maynard was able to turn the plane around and land it in a grain field owned by Smith Farms.

The two took off from the Houlton airport Sunday morning and flew to Presque Isle, where Craig Maynard did a touch-and-go landing without incident, according to the news release. They were headed back to Houlton when the engine trouble started.

Last July, Craig Maynard made an emergency landing July 11 in the same plane on Interstate 95 in Houlton. His father and daughter, Courtney Maynard, 25, of Dedham, were passengers on that flight last year.


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