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Engine failure forces emergency landing

Monday, 14th July, 2008

A twin-engined Cessna carrying six people landed without incident at the local airport yesterday after its pilot was forced to shut down one engine mid-flight. The plane was enroute from Cooper Pedy to Lismore when trouble struck the left engine, said local Duty Officer and Acting Inspector

Greg McMahon, last night. He said the plane, carrying one male and four female passengers, had just left Tibooburra for Lismore after refueling.

"Thirty minutes from Tibooburra, the 32-year-old male pilot had trouble with the port engine with warning lights, and oil pressure problems," said Mr McMahon.

"He did numerous checks and procedures and then decided to shut the engine down and divert to Broken Hill.".

The pilot landed the plane at 4.37pm without incident and no-one was injured. Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance and SES Rescue were present for the landing.

"The pilot was confident there was not going to be any problems with the landing," said Mr McMahon.

Mr McMahon praised the response from local emergency services and said he was happy the landing occurred without anything major happening.

The plane remained at the airport last night and engineers were expected to inspect the malfunctioning engine.

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