Pilot dodged hazards in crash landing

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After taking off from Denton Enterprise Airport and experiencing engine trouble, a pilot landed a Piper Navajo just yards away from U.S. Highway 380 west of Denton on Friday.
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An Aubrey pilot walked away from an emergency landing with only bumps and bruises Friday afternoon.

After experiencing engine trouble in the Piper Navajo airplane he was flying, David Kinney landed the plane in a field next to George Owens Road on the south side of U.S. Highway 380, west of Denton. Kinney was making a routine maintenance flight and had taken off from Denton Enterprise Airport prior to the emergency.

During the landing, the plane bounced over U.S. 380 while staying low to avoid striking power lines before coming to rest in the field. Skid marks could be seen in the grass. The landing gear was not visible.

Department of Public Safety troopers, Denton County sheriff’s deputies and Krum emergency officials responded to the scene.

Kinney sustained minor injuries and was not transported to a hospital, according to DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel. He said because there was no one seriously hurt, no property damage and no fire, it was not a big incident to DPS, but added that the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating.

FAA officials could not be reached for comment Friday evening.


BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjLewisDRC.

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