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Neighbors glad for safety of homes and pilot in emergency landing in field

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

"Gosh, I don't remember putting that there. It looks kind of like an airplane."

That's how John Sahr found out a plane made an emergency landing in his farm field. It all happened in Buena Vista Township in Saginaw County Sunday afternoon.

The pilot, Dominic Hall, was flying a single engine Cessna plane. For some reason the aircraft couldn't stay in the sky. Hall had to make an emergency landing, only causing minor damage to the soybean crop below.

"I don't think there's much. I think he did a pretty good job," Sahr said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating and trying to figure out what brought the plane down. Meanwhile, people who live near the landing site off M-81 are glad the pilot and everyone on the ground is OK.

"I was relieved," Theresa Dirker said.

Dirker was out of town when she got word of the plane mishap. She's thankful the pilot didn't hit her house.

"I heard there was bad weather at the time. You wouldn't want him to crash or do anything that's going to harm him so I guess landing in the field is better," Dirker said.

TV5 did reach the pilot of the plane over the phone to get a comment on the incident. He said he has nothing to say until the FAA wraps up its investigation.

"I'm sure he didn't wake up that morning and go out flying and decide, 'hey I just want to sit down in a soybean field.' So I’m happy he's OK. I'm sure it was an emergency if he had to put her down there," Sahr said.

Sahr said that Hall has already contacted him and said once the FAA releases the plane to him, the pilot will pay to have the aircraft removed.

With only minor damage to his soybeans and no loss of life, Sahr calls the emergency landing a win-win.

"Usually I plant soybeans and soybeans come up, not airplanes, but once in a while they pop up so you never know," Sahr said.

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