No one injured after plane makes emergency landing on road

wcrenshaw@macon.comJune 7, 2014 

A tow truck driver prepares to load a plane that made an emergency landing on Riggins Mill Road in east Bibb County near the airport Saturday.

WAYNE CRENSHAW — THE TELEGRAPH

No one was injured after a small plane made an emergency landing on a Bibb County road near the Macon Downtown Airport on Saturday.

The pilot, who declined to give his name, said the single-engine Piper Cherokee lost power and he had to set it down. He landed on Riggins Mill Road just south of the Georgia Forestry Commission shortly before 10 a.m. He managed to miss power lines over the road and stopped at the Forestry Commission entrance. He had one passenger in the plane.

Richard Blair, Macon-Bibb County Fire Department district chief, said the plane had already been backed off the road into an entrance when they arrived. He also declined to give the pilot’s name, but said the pilot did a good job of landing the aircraft with the number of power lines around the road. He also said there was no traffic on the road at the time.

Ikeira Robinson, a security guard at the Forestry Commission, was in the guard shack near the road when he saw the plane coming in for a landing. He feared it was going to be bad.

“He did a good job,” Robinson said.

A tow truck loaded the plane and took it to the airport.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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