A Grove dentist made a forced landing on Sunday, June 25, after experiencing issues connected to the plane’s fuel.
According to Lynn Lunsford, spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, two people were in the 1974 Bellanca, fixed wing single engine plane, when the pilot made a forced landing near the Prairie Springs Subdivision in rural Grove.
Lunsford said the plane, owned by Dr. Karl Jobst of Grove, was making its final approach at approximately 2 p.m., Sunday, towards the Grove Regional Airport, when was forced to land due to a situation where the “engine lost power”.
Two people, Jobst and his wife, Mary, were in the plane at the time of the incident. Neither were injured.
Lunsford said the loss of power incident does not necessarily mean the plane ran out of fuel, adding it could have been caused by a faulty fuel pump, or other mechanical issues.
Lunsford said members of the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident to determine what led to the forced landing. Final results of investigation may not be known for at least two weeks.
More about the incident
Jobst said he and his wife were returning from a weekend trip to southeast Missouri, and were attempting to land at the airport when the loss of power took place.
Jobst said he purchased the plane three weeks ago in Minnesota. At the time of the purchase, the plane underwent - and passed - both the pre-buy and annual inspections.
Jobst said he has turned all records concerning the plane and the inspections to the FAA investigators.
Jobst said FAA officials who inspected the plane on Monday, and indicated there was fuel in both tanks, as well as the auxiliary tank.
“They aren’t sure what happened,” Jobst said, adding the plane has been turned over to officials with the NTSB for a thorough review.