FAA investigates plane's emergency landing in Illinois

O'FALLON - Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating an emergency landing that a small plane made in a southwestern Illinois soybean field Sunday afternoon.

According to FAA spokesperson Elizabeth Isham Cory, a single-engine 1981 Piper 28 took off from St. Louis Downtown Airport, heading to Hamilton, Ohio.

St. Clair County sheriff's Captain Scott Weymouth says the emergency landing happened at about 2:00 p.m. on November 23, and that none of the plane's four occupants were injured.  Weymouth adds that the plane's pilot told authorities that the landing was forced by the failure of the plane's engine.
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