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Plane makes emergency landing at Chelmsford High School

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. (WHDH) - An airplane is probably not something you’d expect to see on a High School baseball field, but Friday afternoon a field in Chelmsford became a necessary runway.

"We had a small, privately owned Cessna aircraft experience engine trouble,” Chelmsford firefighter Michael Donoghue said. "He was about seven or eight minutes out from his home airport of Stow he didn't think he'd be able to make it so he picked a safe spot to put the plane down."

The pilot was the only one in the plane and will be ok.

One witness was walking on a nearby track and saw the whole thing. He called 911 then went to check on the pilot.

"The plane was just sitting there he was in the plane looking at some of the controls. He seemed fine, I spoke to him briefly, asked if he was ok and he said he was,” Howie Wallach said.

Representatives from the Coast Guard say the pilot owns the plane and is a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a volunteer civilian organization that assists the Coast Guard.

While the vacant field seemed to be the perfect place to put the plane down investigators say timing is everything  

"A month earlier we'd be heavy in the high school sports season. A month later we'd be out here double sessions for football practice,” Donoghue said.

The plane is still parked on the field waiting for FAA officials to investigate the incident, which may have been caused by a mechanical error.
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