‘Quick thinking’ pilot crash lands WWII plane in Ontario field after engine trouble

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum released this photo of a Second World War plane that crash landed in a field near Cayuga, Ont. on June 18, 2016. Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum/Twitter

Police are crediting a “quick thinking” pilot for safely landing a single-engine Second World War plane from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in a field near Cayuga, Ont., after experiencing engine trouble.

Ontario Provincial Police said a concerned citizen reported a bright yellow and black plane with serious damage after it crash landed in a field near Highway 3.

The museum confirmed on Twitter that their plane was involved in the crash.

A 64-year-old Haldimand County, Ont. man was flying with a 61-year-old woman from Newington, England on board the 1942 Westland Lysander single-engine plane, which had departed from the Hamilton Airport.

Midway through the flight, police said the pilot experienced engine trouble and was forced to crash land in a field, causing extensive damage.

Police said remarkably no one was injured and the Transportation Safety Board was contacted.

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“Due to the quick thinking actions of this experienced pilot, he was able to safely land the aircraft in a field without causing any serious injuries to himself or his passenger,” said Const. Ed Sanchuk.

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