Pilots safe after emergency landing near Hammond airport

(Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Around 10:15 a.m. a Folsom, LA pilot made an emergency landing about eight miles from the Hammond Airport.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office says the 60-year-old pilot and owner of the plane, Nicholas Burtchaell, of Folsom, LA and the instructor pilot, Otis D. Briggs, of Kentwood, LA were flying about 3,000 feet and holding when the pilot noticed they were losing oil pressure. Reports say the system quickly failed completely.

The Sheriff's Office says the pilots began to descend the single engine Areo 112, and around 600 feet, the engine failed. The pilots found a safe place to land in a pasture clear of houses and power lines, about eight miles from the Hammond Airport.

The pilots safely landed the plane and they both walked away without injuries.

The FAA is assessing the incident and will remove the plane.

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