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Pilot, co-pilot OK after small plane makes forced landing near Lodi

3:34 PM, Dec 27, 2013   |    comments
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  • This single-engine Stinson 108 ended up on its roof in an open field when the engine lost power just minutes after takeoff from Lodi's airport Friday. The pilot and passenger were not hurt, Dec. 27, 2013.
  • This single-engine Stinson 108 ended up on its roof in an open field when the engine lost power just minutes after takeoff from Lodi's airport Friday. The pilot and passenger were not hurt, Dec. 27, 2013.
  • This single-engine Stinson 108 ended up on its roof in an open field when the engine lost power just minutes after takeoff from Lodi's airport Friday. The pilot and passenger were not hurt, Dec. 27, 2013.
    

SACRAMENTO - A small plane made a forced landing just minutes after taking off from Lodi's airport Friday morning.

The single engine Stinson 108 plane ended up on its roof at about 10:50 a.m. on ranch land south of Brandt and Skaggs Ranch roads in San Joaquin County.

Pilot Floyd Bryant, 69, said he and wife Ann had taken off from Lodi for their home in Modesto when the engine failed. He looked for a road or airstrip to put down the plane but had to settle for the pasture.

The plane landed on its wheels but hit a ditch still going about
30 miles per hour, which caused it to overturn, Bryant said.

Bryant had a few cuts and bruises from the ordeal. His wife was not hurt. 

Bryant, who has had his pilot's license since 1968, said it was probably going to be the last time he flew. He also said he wasn't planning on repairing the Stinson.

The couple had flown up from Modesto to have breakfast in Lodi.

News10/KXTV

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