JASPER COUNTY, IOWA – An Illinois pilot’s plane ran out of gas Tuesday morning and was forced to make an emergency landing in an Iowa bean field.
At 11:00 AM Tuesday, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a pilot and his passenger reporting an emergency landing of their aircraft.
The location was reported west of T-38 and south of S. 48th Ave. E. in a bean field. Units from the sheriff’s office responded to the area and located the small aircraft sitting in the bean field. Phone contact was made with the pilot of the aircraft, James Meyer, from Illinois. The pilot advised that he was heading from Illinois to Ankeny, Iowa, when his aircraft ran out of fuel. The pilot was able to make an emergency landing in the field without damage or injury.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office contacted the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and followed the protocol regarding an emergency landing. After gathering the information, the pilot was allowed to refuel the plane and fly his aircraft out of the field.
At 12:49 PM, the pilot was able to take off without incident. The FAA will be conducting their investigation.