Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing, Hits Guardrail in Maine

Both the pilot and his passenger had minor injuries as a result of the crash

A small plane's pilot was able to walk away after the aircraft had to made an emergency landing along I-295 in Maine Tuesday morning, hitting a guardrail before coming to a stop.

State police said it happened along the southbound lane just after 10 a.m. in Bowdoinham.

The small plane, a 1947 Cessna, hit a guardrail off the breakdown lane, causing it to tip down, with it's tail in the air.

Although the pilot was able to walk away, both he and his passenger had minor injuries as a result of the crash landing. The pilot, identified as Bowdoin resident John Gayley, had facial injuries and was taken to Maine Medical Center. His passenger, Bowdoin resident Rodney Voisene, injured his arm and was taken to a local hospital.

Gayley told investigators that once he had taken off from the Bowdoinham airfield, the engine stalled when he tried to switch the Cessna's fuel tanks.

The FAA has been notified and will investigate the emergency landing.

State police say that while traffic hasn't been delayed because of the emergency landing, the road will be down to one lane later this afternoon as crews remove the plane from the highway.

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