Plane makes forced landing near major highway

UPDATE 5:56PM: AN ELDERLY pilot was forced to make an emergency landing this afternoon in a cattle paddock beside the Cunningham Hwy.

The incident took place at about 4pm, 18kms west of Inglewood in south east Queensland.

The 70-year-old pilot, was flying from Toowoomba to Moree when he experienced some engine failure and altitude loss.

The pilot attempted to make precautionary landing in an open field and on his final approach lost all engine power.

Fortunately the pilot sustained no injuries, neither was there any damage to property, or to aircraft, a Zenith CH 650.

Inglewood police said they were dispatched without knowing what they were going to find.

Fire, ambulance and a rescue helicopter were all also sent out but not required," police said.

"The pilot now has to get the plane fixed and take off again.

"He's picked the right paddock for it.

"He was old fellow, with plenty of experience, he's done well."

EARLIER: A light plane has been forced to make an emergency landing on the Cunningham Hwy, 18kms west of Inglewood.

The incident happened at about 4pm and reports say  the 70-year-old pilot was able to get out of the plane and is uninjured.

A rescue helicopter was tasked to respond to the incident.

EARLIER: EMERGENCY services have been scrambled to the site of a downed plane near Inglewood, on the Western Downs.

Reports say a red light aircraft had to make a forced landing on the Cunningham Highway about 18km west of Inglewood at about 4pm.

A rescue helicopter has been tasked to respond.

At this time it is unknown how many people are on board the aircraft or the extent of their injuries.



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