Walks Away With Cut Under Nose
Although she's been flying for nearly four decades, Friday was
the first time Emma Hanner has ever made an emergency landing,
reported the Associated Press.
Hammer had to put her plane down in Missouri during an emergency
landing when her propeller stopped dead while in flight.
"It just quit. When the propeller on the front of the plane goes
around, it keeps the pilot cool. But when it stops, that's when the
pilot starts to sweat," she told the St. Louis Dispatch Friday.
She was forced to bring her two-seat Grumman, which she
described as "like a Cessna 150, but it's got a bigger engine -
more powerful," down in a muddy farm field in MO.
Hanner recently moved to Denver from Lexington, NC, to be closer
to her children. She returned to Lexington last week to ferry back
her 1970 Grumman AA1 and spent Wednesday night in southern
Illinois. She headed out of Carmi about 11 am Friday, and when she
needed gas, stopped at the airport in Washington, MO, about 50
miles southwest of St. Louis.
Her problem arose as she was crossing rural St. Charles County
en route to Washington. Fortunately, there were plenty of open
spaces below her.
As the plane hit the ground, one wheel dipped into an irrigation
ditch, buckling under the plane. That bent the plane's nose down
and spun it around, Hanner said, jolting her forward with her face
hitting the yoke.
A passer-by saw the plane and called police.
What Will The Kids Say?
As with any 78-year old senior
citizen who has been in an accident, one worries about what the
children will say and possibly do. It is not unusual to hear
stories about adult children who make the decision to take their
parent's "keys" away. But the keys to an airplane?
Hanner said she flies several times a week and plans to fly
again. She caught the flying bug after her son learned to fly at
age 15. (He was in the Air Force and is now a commercial
No need to worry, Emma. Your daughter, Carol, said the family
won't ground you, at least not yet.
"We will wait for the official findings before we have that
family discussion," she told an editor at the Rocky Mountain News
Hanner plans to have the plane repaired and will return to
Missouri to fly it home.
"I love that plane," she said.
The FAA is investigating.