TPD, FAA investigate cause of plane malfunction

Posted at 10:38 AM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 20:02:19-05

TULSA – The cause as to why a pilot was forced to land a small aircraft into a field near Broken Arrow is currently being investigated by Tulsa police and NTSB.

Monday around 10 a.m. the pilot of the Cessna aircraft sent a distress call indicating something was malfunctioning on the aircraft. Tulsa police soon discovered that the pilot left the R.L. Jones, or Jones Riverside, airport intending to fly to Olathe, Kansas when the issues started.

"He started climbing then all of a sudden his plane lost power. He went through the procedure or re-starting again. Apparently the plane wouldn't restart. He ended up having to land it here in the field," said Sgt. Terry Maurer, TPD.

The pilot told police he attempted to regain control of the plane but was unable and made a safe, but rough landing in a field just west of S. Lynn Lane and E. 41st near Broken Arrow.



EMSA treated the pilot who did not sustain any serious injuries and was able to leave not long after the crash.

Tulsa police and the FAA say they are working together to determine why the aircraft malfunctioned.

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