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Pilot makes emergency landing after engine goes out half-mile from runway


A pilot flying a crop duster into Paragould for annual maintenance experienced engine trouble en route.

Pilot Gary Cumbee was able to land the aircraft in a small field near Kirk Field Airport in Paragould.

"I cleared the highway, managed to do that but caught the fence," pilot Gary Cumbee said. "Just needed about six more feet."

As Cumbee made that emergency landing, Kyle Robbins snapped photos from the highway.

In the picture, you can see the crop duster flying close to the highway near multiple cars.

Cumbee told Region 8 News that on the trip from Corning to Paragould, the crop duster started having engine trouble.

Cumbee said when that happened, he gained as much altitude as he could. About a half mile away from the airport, Cumbee said the engine went out.

Though he cleared Highway 49, the rear wheel of the plane caught on an old farm fence.

Cumbee said if it hadn't been for that, he would have been able to glide onto the runway.

"We wouldn't have bent anything up if it hadn't been for that fence," Cumbee said. "It just didn't have enough. The engine had quit. Tried to restart it, nothing would work."

Cumbee was not injured in that emergency landing.

However, he said the crop duster will have to undergo more than just maintenance work now.

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