Small plane makes emergency landing NE of Valley Center

Published: Sep. 4, 2016 at 4:41 PM CDT
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A plane runs out of fuel and forces the pilot to land in a cornfield northeast of Valley Center Sunday afternoon.

The call of an airport emergency came out a little after 4 p.m. Scanner traffic initially reported the emergency as a plane crash in a field near Woodlawn and 109th Street, but it was confirmed to be an emergency landing.

Sedgwick County dispatchers say no one was hurt. A family member of the pilot brought gas canisters for the pilot to refuel the plane.

Josh Patterson, the farmer who owns the field where the plane landed was scared he was going to find a body after the first reports came across as a plane crash.

"I was really scared there was someone dead in this crash and you never want to see that," Patterson said.

The plane ran out of fuel just miles from its destination. After refueling the plane, the pilot said he could take off from the cornfield without a problem.

"I offered to go mow a bunch of stalks for him, but he said he could take care of it," Patterson said.

He says he just harvested the corn crop Friday.

"He told me he could've landed in the soy beans, but he saw the corn was harvested, so he chose to land there and I'm thankful for that," Patterson said. "I told him that as long as he's okay, that's all that matters."

The plane is registered to JK Aerospace in Valley Center. Flight records don't show where the pilot was flying from.