Two escape with minor injuries in forced landing near Lahontan

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Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter

Two people in a small airplane escaped with only minor injuries after they were forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday evening near the Lahontan State Recreation Area.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a possible downed airplane near the Lahontan State Recreation Area at approximately 6:45 p.m. Deputies, as well as the as well as the Central Lyon County Fire Department responded and located a Cessna 172B on the north side of US Highway 50, approximately four miles east of the U.S. 50/U.S. 95A intersection in Silver Springs.

The aircraft was occupied by two adults, who suffered only minor injuries in what they described as a “controlled landing” after the aircraft suffered a mechanical failure. Both occupants were provided a ride back to the Silver Springs Airport, where the flight had originated.

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The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were contacted and are investigating the incident.

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