Small plane makes emergency landing near BTR Airport after double engine failure

Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 4:33 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A small plane made an emergency landing near the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Friday afternoon.

The call went out around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20. The plane made a crash landing near Blount Road and 19th Street near the Maryland Tank Farm. No injuries have been reported.

A spokesman with the Baton Rouge Fire Department says the plane was taking off from the Baton Rouge Airport when the pilot heard a popping noise and lost both engines. The pilot says work was recently done on the plane and he was taking the plane out to test it. The pilot was then able to put the plane down at the tank farm, which is about 100 yards from an apartment complex. He was forced to land the plane with the landing gear up because he did not have time to get the gear down.

Curt Monte with BRFD calls it a "fortunate situation," since the pilot managed to land the plane near busy highways, train tracks, and an apartment complex without hitting anything. The plane reportedly has a large split down the middle from the emergency landing.

BRFD also says crews must offload 50 gallons of fuel from the plane before moving it. A hazmat team is on scene as precaution. One of the two westbound lanes of Blount Road will be closed until crews finish working.

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