Litchfield, Maine

Warden Service plane lands on turnpike; no one hurt


The leader of the Maine Warden Service said an investigation into why one of the department’s planes made an emergency landing on the Maine Turnpike will look at a variety of factors, including whether the plane simply ran out of fuel. Colonel Joel Wilkinson said Friday it is ‘‘highly likely’’ that the airplane lost power after running out of fuel but that the investigation will focus on a variety of factors in determining whether pilot error or mechanical error is to blame. Officials said no one was hurt when the airplane landed shortly before 9 a.m. in the northbound lanes in Litchfield, about 15 miles from Augusta. The Cessna 172 with a pilot and wildlife biologist on board was in the midst of an eagle survey when it made the emergency landing.

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