Six people escaped uninjured after a small plane made an emergency landing in a field and then burst into flames in the Western Massachusetts town of Sheffield, officials said.
The single-engine Cessna 208 was headed from Farmington, N.Y., to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., but went off course somewhere along its journey, said Jim Peters, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Sheffield is in the far southwestern corner of Massachusetts.
“It wasn’t able to get to [Saratoga Springs], and it was headed to Great Barrington, Mass.,” Peters said. “The pilot reported having problems with his engine.”
Before it could make it to the Great Barrington airport, the plane was forced to land just before 3 p.m. in a field off of Kelsey Road in Sheffield, said dispatcher Eric Munson.
The aircraft is registered to North American Flight Services, Inc. in Ballston Spa, N.Y.
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