Police: Ocean City Banner Plane Runs Out Of Fuel, Makes Emergency Landing

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Showell, MD – Shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Friday June 23, 2017, Maryland State Police (MSP) at the Berlin Barrack were dispatched to the report of a plane landing in a field off of Peerless Road near Route 113 in Showell, Maryland (Worcester County), according to a MSP Spokesman.

Arriving troopers found the pilot uninjured and the plane without any damage. The pilot is identified as Austin Kiehl, 23, from Montana. Kiehl did not report any injuries after making the emergency landing this afternoon.

Officials said the preliminary investigation indicates the pilot reported he had run out of fuel, dropped the banner he was flying and performed an emergency landing in a field of dirt. He landed safely and reported no injuries.

The plane involved is a single engine Piper which was being used to fly a banner. The plane is owned by Ocean Aerial Ads, Inc. in Ocean City, Md.

The scene was on private property in a rural area.

State Police notified officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Image Credits: Raimond Spekking

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