'Skilled pilot' makes emergency landing in Paris field after mechanical failure: OPP
Const. Ed Sanchuk said the pilot 'basically saved' two lives with the landing
Provincial police are crediting a "skilled pilot" with saving his own life and the life of a passenger after a mechanical issue forced him to make an emergency landing in a Paris field.
Brant County OPP were called to a farmer's field along West River Road around 11:30 a.m. after reports of the plane coming down.
Const. Ed Sanchuk said a 24-year-old man and 33-year-old man flying in a Cessna 150C had to make an emergency landing following a mechanical failure. Both men walked away without injuries.
A video shot by Sanchuk and posted on Twitter showed the two-seater plane resting in some crops next to a corn field.
"My hat goes off to that pilot. He did a wonderful job," said Sanchuk, adding the terrain the plane landed on was very uneven.
"The pilot did a phenomenal job actually making sure they landed the plane," the officer said. "This could have been a lot worse than it was."
2 people walk away with no injuires after <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/aircraft?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#aircraft</a> makes <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Emergency?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Emergency</a> landing in farmers field off of West River Road in Paris. <a href="https://twitter.com/Transport_gc?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Transport_gc</a> has been notified. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BrantOPP?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BrantOPP</a> ^es <a href="https://t.co/DZ7iTxZMfR">https://t.co/DZ7iTxZMfR</a>—@OPP_WR
The OPP say the Transportation Safety Board of Canada has been notified about the landing.
For his part, Sanchuk couldn't seem to stop praising the pilot.
"He] basically saved his life and the life of the passenger on that aircraft today," he stated, calling him an "excellent, skilled pilot."