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Retired military pilot lands in Wakeman field

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

WAKEMAN A small plane made an emergency landing in an open field Sunday night.

A retired military pilot landed the two-person plane in a Wakeman field near U.S. 20 and Lorain County Line Road 2 after having some mechanical issues, said Sgt. Anthony DeChoudens of the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post.

Pilot Larry Diemand guessed the problem had to do with the carburetor, DeChoudens said, but he is still trying to determine the exact difficulty.

Neither Diemand, 60, of Chagrin Falls, nor his passenger, Victor Pawlak, 65, of Parma, were injured. They were flying from Greenwood, S.C. to the Lorain County Airport where the men keep the plane.

"They almost made it to the airport," DeChoudens said.

Troopers were called by Air Traffic Control about the emergency landing at 6 p.m. DeChoudens said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibited Diemand from moving his plane until FAA officials inspect it. The inspection started about 10 p.m. Sunday.

DeChoudens said the plane won't be able to be moved until the "soft and sloppy" field dries. There was no damage to the field.

No citations are expected to be filed.

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