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Plane makes emergency landing in Chelmsford

A plane experienced mechanical problems and had to land in a field.

Chelmsford Police Department

A plane experienced mechanical problems and had to land in a field.

A small plane made an emergency landing on the Chelmsford High School softball field Friday afternoon, officials said.

The male pilot of the aircraft was flying from Minute Man Air Field in Stow when he experienced a mechanical failure and had to put the plane down on the field on Graniteville Road at about 4 p.m., the Chelmsford Police Department said in a statement.

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The lone pilot of the single engine 1979 Cessna 182Q had intended to eventually return to Stow, police said. However, the unspecified mechanical issues in the engine changed his course.

The pilot was not injured in the emergency landing, and the softball field did not sustain any damage, said Lieutenant John Roark. There also was not fire, fuel leakage, or environmental damage, police said.

The Massachusetts Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.
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