Two Walk Away From Airplane Accident In Southeast Oklahoma

Wednesday, August 18th 2010, 8:22 am
By: News On 6

IDABEL, OKLAHOMA -- Authorities are investigating the forced landing of a single-engine airplane Monday evening near Idabel.

Two Ohio residents onboard the Cirrus SR-22 were able to walk away uninjured after it made a hard landing in a field about a mile from the McCurtain County Regional Airport.

A flight plan for the airplane showed it was flying from Addison, Texas to Cincinnati, Ohio when it diverted to the Idabel airport.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the accident which happened at 4:26 p.m. Monday, August 16.

The Cirrus company equips all of its aircraft with a parachute system designed to gently lower each plane to the ground in the event of an emergency. Photos from the scene show the parachute was deployed in Monday's incident.

The passenger told authorities they were glad the airplane had a parachute, it probably saved their lives.