Airplane makes emergency landing in Millington - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Airplane makes emergency landing in Millington

MILLINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - A small airplane made an emergency landing late Tuesday morning at the Regional Jetport in Millington, Tennessee.

The landing happened shortly before 11:00 a.m., after the pilot reported having engine troubles. Initially, he radioed to the ground that he might land on U.S. 51.

"He did not think he was going to make it to the airport, so he was trying to attempt to land on Highway 51," Millington Fire Department Assistant Chief Danny Turpin said.

The plane, a twin-engine Mitsubishi MU-2, landed on the south end of the runway. Upon landing, the plane ran out of runway and crashed through a chain-link security fence surrounding the airport.

The aircraft's left wing was broken during the crash.  Investigators believe one of the plane's engines was malfunctioning.

"One engine was still running (when the plane landed)," Turpin said. "The fire department had to secure that engine - shut that engine down - and then go aboard the aircraft and retrieve the patient."

A spokesperson for Rural Metro Ambulance said the pilot was taken to The MED in stable condition.

Officials said the NTSB and the FAA would investigate the incident.

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