Plane makes emergency landing in county

Published 12:30 am Sunday, July 3, 2011

A small plane carrying two passengers made an emergency landing in north Warren County Saturday, sheriff’s Deputy John Elfer said.

Bill and Susan Fitzgerald of Lubbock, Texas, were traveling to Florida in a Mooney M20, a single-engine, two-seater plane, when they experienced mechanical problems and contacted the Federal Aviation Administration to plan for an emergency landing at Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional Airport.

They didn’t feel they could make it that far, Elfer said, so they touched down in a dirt strip used for crop dusters, about 12 miles north of Vicksburg near Deer Creek and just south of the Issaquena County line.

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No one was injured in the landing, Elfer said.