June 04, 2023

Plane makes emergency landing south of Newton

Aircraft heading from Illinois to Ankeny landed in a local bean field

An airplane traveling from Illinois to Ankeny had to make an emergency landing in a Jasper County bean field June 21. At 11 a.m., the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office was called regarding a pilot along with his passenger reporting an emergency landing of their aircraft.

Officer’s responded to the area, reported as west of T-38 and south of South 48th Avenue East, south of Newton. There, they located a small aircraft stopped in a bean field.

“Phone contact was made with the pilot of the aircraft, James Meyer, from Illinois,” chief deputy Duane Rozendaal said. “The pilot advised that he was heading from Illinois to Ankeny when his aircraft ran out of fuel.”

Meyer was able to make an emergency landing in the field without any damage to the airplane or injuries to himself or the passenger. The sheriff’s office contacted the Federal Aviation Administration and followed the protocol for an emergency landing.

Once the information needed was gathered, Meyer was allowed to refuel his plane. He took off without incident at 12:49 p.m. from the field. The FAA will conduct the investigation for the emergency landing.