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Forum News Service, Published March 08 2013

Pilot makes emergency landing at Red Wing airport

BAY CITY, Wis. - A plane unexpectedly landed at Red Wing (Minn.) Regional Airport after engine failure Friday. The three people on board, the pilot and two adult passengers, were safe.

To determine what caused the engine to malfunction, “you have to take it apart and see what’s wrong with it,” said Sam Blue, chief operating officer at the airport. “Sometimes things break and you can’t really attribute it to anything other than bad luck.”

The Piper Malibu was flying at 16,000 feet when the engine stopped working. The pilot tried to restart the engine, only to have it stop working again.

“The air traffic controllers talked him down to this airport. It was probably 15 minutes from when the engine quit to when it landed,” Blue said.

The pilot declined to comment, and his name was unavailable. The plane’s destination and point of origin weren’t made available.

This the second time in four weeks that the airport has seen an emergency landing. A plane’s landing gear failed Feb. 15.