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Downed plane lost power on new engine

The pilot of this Cessna 172 landed the plane Friday, Oct. 19, east of Fain Road and south of Arizona Downs, because the plane lost power on a “just-replaced engine,” he told authorities. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

The pilot of this Cessna 172 landed the plane Friday, Oct. 19, east of Fain Road and south of Arizona Downs, because the plane lost power on a “just-replaced engine,” he told authorities. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

After making an emergency landing two miles south of the Arizona Downs horseracing track and east of Fain Road Friday afternoon, Oct. 19, the pilot indicated they had just left the Prescott Airport, lost engine power and could not maintain altitude, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s media coordinator, Dwight D’Evelyn.

“It was not immediately known why the plane lost power,” D’Evelyn stated Saturday. “The pilot noted this was the first flight on a just-replaced engine.”

The plane, a red and white Cessna 172 Hawk XP light single-engine four seater, landed at about 3:30 p.m. and its two occupants were uninjured. When Prescott Airport Operations personnel arrived and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board were contacted, the FAA explained that due to there being no injuries or damage to the plane, they would meet with the pilot at the airport at a later date.

The plane was taken back to the Prescott Airport under police escort.