Plane loses power, student safely lands


Kelly Stiles, Editor in Chief

The following statement was released to the Oracle by associate vice president of marketing and communications Tina Hall:

“A Henderson State University plane experienced a loss of power, likely due to carburetor ice, shortly after takeoff and sustained minor damage on the morning of September 17. No injuries were sustained in the incident, which occurred at 8:15 a.m.
The plane lost power while flying a couple hundred feet above the ground the pilot maneuvered the aircraft into a field at the end of a runway, impacting a perimeter fence.
The Federal Aviation Administration reviewed the incident that morning and released the aircraft back to the university. Flights were grounded for the remainder of September 17, per aviation department procedures.
According to Troy Hogue, Director of Henderson’s Department of Aviation, “The pilots did an excellent job. Their training kicked in, and we had a good outcome.'”