Wednesday, August 21, 2013
A single-engine Cessna made an emergency landing west of Cheney lake.
Around 5:30 p.m., the pilot contacted authorities reporting that he lost his engine and needed to make an emergency landing south of Cheney Lake. The pilot, who was the only one on board, landed safely in a field.
However, the pilot gave incorrect coordinates and reported that he had landed at 130th Avenue and Mayfield in Sumner County. Emergency crews in Sumner County where unable to locate him.
The FAA reported to Sedgwick County 911 that the plane appeared to have landed 20 miles west of Wichita and three miles north of Highway 54. The plane was eventually located in a field near Smoots Creek and McNew Road in Kingman County, just west of Cheney Lake.
The pilot was not hurt. Cessna Communications Director Stephanie Harder released the following statement about the emergency landing:
"We are aware of the reports regarding the Cessna 182 and can confirm Cessna personnel are on site. We can also confirm the aircraft had a single occupant. The pilot has not reported any injuries. We will continue working closely with local and Federal authorities as information develops. Obviously our primary concern is for the crew member involved."
The Kansas Highway Patrol and the FAA will be investigating. We will have more details as soon as they become available.