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Engine failure forces pilot to set down in field

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

It was a close call Tuesday afternoon for the pilot of a small aircraft and a passenger.

The single-engine plane lost power at 2,600 feet about 10 minutes after takeoff from Smith Field, shortly before 3 p.m. Two people were aboard at the time of the incident.

"We were just going up for a ride and at that point, when the engine started to lose power, it was a matter of thinking through the options, looking at oil pressure and all of those things," David DeWald, the pilot, told ABC21.

"We began to look for a place once we realized we weren't going to make it back. The rest of it's, like, we sort of figured it out  -- you just sort of look for where you can land and how you can set it up the slowest, and that's what happened."

The plane set down in a field near Bethel and Till, northwest of the airport, remaining upright but with its nose angled toward the ground and its tail raised.

Neither the pilot nor passenger were hurt.

As is standard procedure, the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.

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