Local doctor in emergency landing

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By The Staff

The pilot of a small aircraft made an emergency landing the night of August 6 in Northern Nelson County.

There were two people in the plane at the time of the landing, a Taylorsville doctor and his 15-year-old-son, according to the property owner, Donna Eaves.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports state that the owner of the plane is Kenneth L. Oder, of Taylorsville. Oder is a physician with Spencer Family Medicine in Elk Creek.

The airplane partially lost engine power, said Wayne Cummings, a principle operations inspector for the Louisville flight standards office of the FAA.

The plane, a 1949 Piper Clipper, according to Cummings, landed in a field off KY 458. There was minor damage and no injuries.

After the motor stalled, the pilot of the plane looked for a place to land, catching some barbed wire and pulling out a fence post, Eaves said.

The landing bent the propeller and caused some minor exterior damage, she said.

Cummings was investigating the matter Friday, studying man, machine and environment.

The Northeast Nelson Fire Department, FAA and Nelson County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the call that evening around 9 p.m.