Plane makes emergency landing in Grant Co. hayfield

BLOOMINGTON, Wis. — A plane made an emergency landing in a hayfield west of Bloomington Sunday.

Grant County Sheriff’s officials said the single-engine plane, flying from Poplar Grove, Ill. to Livingston, Mont., was experiencing engine issues just before 10:30 a.m. Farmers in the area were harvesting hay, and the windrows of hay formed a makeshift runway, guiding the plane to the ground.

The pilot, a 61-year-old Massachusetts man, was able to safely land the plane in a field on Birch Road without damaging it. He and his passenger, a 72-year-old Hawaii man, were uninjured.

The plane was removed from the field and taken to the Prairie du Chien airport for inspection and repairs. The Federal Aviation Administration and Grant County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.