Private plane makes emergency landing near Rio Hondo
Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:23:48 GMT —
A private plane has made its second emergency landing in Cameron County in just one week's time.
It all happened just east of Rio Hondo off Nelson and Wiesman Roads around 12 p.m. Wednesday.
Investigators told Action 4 News that the pilot had to make an emergency landing.
The pilot was not injured during the incident.
This is the third time in one week's time that a plane or helicopter has had to make an emergency landing in Cameron County.
Cameron County Emergency Management Coordinator Humberto Barrera told Action 4 News the plane in Wednesday's landing is the same plane from another incident near Santa Monica last week.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials are investigating the emergency landing.
FAA records show that 1969 Cessna is owned by Garza Aircraft, Inc. out of Harlingen.
David Garza with Gulf Aviation said the plane was flying a load of fruit flies for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) when it went down.
Garza said the plane is expected to be grounded while company mechanis and FAA officials examine it.
Action 4 News will post more information as it becomes available.