Raleigh Pilot Walks Away From Emergency Landing
Plane Coasts Into Field In Robeson County

POSTED: 3:56 p.m. EST February 20, 2004
UPDATED: 1:04 a.m. EST February 21, 2004

A Raleigh man was fine Friday afternoon after coasting his plane into a field in rural Robeson County.

The emergency landing happened around 1 p.m. about five miles from Red Springs.

The pilot, Joe Williams, said the engine blew out near Fayetteville. He said he atttempted to glide the plane to the Laurinburg Maxton Airport but could not make it.

Williams is a network consultant from Raleigh who was traveling to Gainesville, Fla., when the accident happened. He had no injuries, but the one engine of the four-passenger plane had minor damage.

Investigators arrived on the scene after Williams radioed for help.

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