Plane makes emergency landing in pasture near Hammond airport

A plane made an emergency landing in a pasture about eight miles from the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Nicholas Burtchaell, 60, of Folsom, and Otis D. Briggs, of Kentwood, were flying in Burtchaell’s single-engine Areo 112 plane around 10:15 a.m. at an altitude of about 3,000 feet when Burtchaell noticed the plane was losing oil pressure and its systems were failing, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said in a news release.

Burtchaell brought the aircraft down to an altitude of about 600 feet when the engine failed, Panepinto said.

The pair began looking for a safe place to land the aircraft and found a pasture that was clear of houses and power lines in Folsom near Turn Pike Road.

Burtchaell landed the plane in the pasture without incident and the two men walked away without injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration officials removed the aircraft from the field. Acadian Ambulance and the Husser Fire Department also responded to the scene.