Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing in McKinney Field

The plane's two passengers were unharmed, officials say

A small plane made an emergency landing in a field on the north side of McKinney's airport Saturday afternoon, fire department officials say.

The plane had an engine problem and made a "controlled landing" in a field near the intersection U.S. Highway 380 and Farm-to-Market Road 1827 around 3:20 p.m. Saturday, a McKinney Fire Department spokesperson said.

The two passengers were uninjured when the plane landed and the aircraft was still intact, officials said.

Officials said the pilot told them he "performed a belly landing" intentionally when he lost one of the engines about five miles from the airport.

The pilot also identified himself as a doctor and the plane had "Air Ambulance" written on its side, officials said.

"The field created an area for a soft landing," McKinney Fire Marshal Mike Smith said. "Federal agencies have been contacted and are responding."

The emergency landing comes two days after a small plane crashed into a McKinney home, injuring two people.

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