Single-engine plane makes emergency landing near Martensville

Daniel Cotton managed to avoid the highway, power lines and nearby buildings after the engine of his Cessna cut out late Friday afternoon. Devin Sauer / Global news

SASKATOON – The pilot of a small plane managed to escape an emergency landing without injury late Friday afternoon. Daniel Cotton had just taken off from an airfield in Martensville, Sask. and was flying about 150 feet in the air when the engine of his Cessna cut out.

“I was completely running out of room. I didn’t have enough altitude or airspeed to turn around and come back,” Cotton said.

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Warman RCMP responded just before 5 p.m. CT.

The pilot managed to avoid any power lines or buildings and landed in the western ditch of Highway 12 on the southern outskirts of Martensville.

The aircraft is expected to remain in the ditch until Saturday and there will be no further investigation by Transport Canada, according to the RCMP.