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Police Investigate Emergency Plane Landing in Louisa County

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Plane in Beaver Creek Farm field in Louisa County. Plane in Beaver Creek Farm field in Louisa County.

The Virginia State Police Department is investigating an emergency plane landing in the 5900 block of Roundabout Road in Louisa County around 9 a.m. Saturday.

Police say a single-engine Stinson Voyager aircraft reported problems shortly after takeoff from Freeman Field Airport in Louisa County.  The pilot, 66-year-old Peter Stetson of Fairfield, Indiana, attempted to return to the airport but was forced to make an emergency landing instead.

According to witness reports, the plane landed nose first and hit a fence on Beaver Creek Farm.  

Police say Stetson was the only person on the plane, he walked away from the scene unharmed, medical care was not needed. 

Stetson was flying from Louisa County to Indiana.

The emergency landing is under active investigation by the Virginia State Police and the FAA. 


Virginia State Police statement:

Virginia State Police Trooper B.J. Dibble responded Saturday morning (August 24, 2013) to an emergency landing of an aircraft in Louisa County.

After about 15 minutes of having taken off from the Louisa  County/Freeman Field Airport, the single-engine Stinson Voyager aircraft began sputtering and having problems.

Its pilot, Peter Stetson, 66, of Fairfield, Indiana, tried to return to the airport but was unable to make it in time. Instead the plane made an emergency landing in an open field near the 5900 block of Roundabout Road in Louisa County.

Stetson was not injured. The incident remains under investigation. The FAA was notified and is investigating, as well.  

Stetson's flight was to be from Louisa County/Freeman Field Airport to Indiana.

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