Small plane crash lands in Newport; Pilot out safe

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) – Newport Police say a plane that crashed within city limits was having engine trouble before it made a crash landing.

Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas says responders first received a call at 10:37 a.m. about the crash at the intersection of Hwy 14 and 17. He says David Edmonds of Edmonds Aviation was traveling back from Newark to Newport when the plane's engine started sputtering, forcing Edmonds to make an emergency landing in a muddy field.

According to Newport Police Officer Patrick Weatherford, David Edmonds was attempting to make the emergency landing in the open field when it flipped over.

Sheriff Lucas says Edmonds was able to leave the crash without major injury.

The plane never caught fire, nor did it leak fuel, added Sheriff Lucas; the engine problems may have come from water getting into the fuel line.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you any new details as soon as they become available.

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