Tuesday, June 14, 2011

PLANE FORCED TO LAND ON RT. 13 - 1966

June 1966 from The State Register

PLANE FORCED TO LAND ON RT. 13

A twin-engine rented airplane en route to Norfolk ran out of gas Friday just across the Delaware State Line and made an unexpected emergency landing one half mile north of the Maryland State Police barracks on Route 13.

The pilot, who attempted to land in the south-bound lane of the dual highway, had to veer across the median strip to avoid a south bound automobile. The plane’s landing gear was damaged by the forced landing.

Maryland State police said the plane was piloted by Joseph B. Coray, 48, of Somerset Mass., and had been leased from the Apex Leasing Company of Somerset. The pilot was en route from Falls River, Mass., to Norfolk when he was forced to make his emergency landing. Only one automobile was in the vicinity of the landing when it occurred, according to state police.

A tow truck assisted by a group of men guiding the aircraft, pulled the plane north to the State Line Airport. State police directed traffic during the hour long operation.

The landing is currently being investigated by the Federal Aviation agency. No charges have been filed against the pilot by the Maryland State police.

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