Emergency crews wait for an engineer to arrive after an emergency plane landing near Stanwell, west of Rockhampton. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Emergency crews wait for an engineer to arrive after an emergency plane landing near Stanwell, west of Rockhampton. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin

Couple forced to make emergency landing on road

UPDATE: A LAKE Nash couple, who are pilots, were on their way to the Beef Australia 2015 event when they were forced to make an emergency landing near Rockhampton.

The cattle property owners, Fred and Sarah Hughes, landed their Cessna aircraft on a rural road in Stanwell, about 1.5km off the main highway between Rockhampton and Emerald (the Capricorn Hwy).

The couple are not hurt or injured.

Sarah was commanding the aircraft when an engine fail light appeared.

They were forced to land on the nearest possible road.

An engineer has been called to inspect and repair the aircraft.

Engine failure reportedly prompted the landing on the narrow Stanwell-Waroula Road, near the Capricorn Highway, about 9.45am.

Emergency crews wait for an engineer to arrive after an emergency plane landing near Stanwell, west of Rockhampton. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Emergency crews wait for an engineer to arrive after an emergency plane landing near Stanwell, west of Rockhampton. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin

An employee of the nearby Stanwell Stop service station said she was on her way to work when she came across the scene, Fairfax reported.

"It's just a little, narrow road that goes past the shop," she said.

"It's just a tiny little plane, I saw it ahead then I had to drive under the wings to get past and get to work.

"I said to the boss when I got here, 'gee you see some strange things on country roads. Coming to work I just had to drive under the wing of a plane parked on the road."

Emergency crews wait for an engineer to arrive after an emergency plane landing near Stanwell, west of Rockhampton. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Emergency crews wait for an engineer to arrive after an emergency plane landing near Stanwell, west of Rockhampton. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin


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