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Engine trouble forces emergency landing at Guelph Airpark

The plane in question was a homemade pleasure aircraft
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On Dec. 2, 2017 at approximately 12:25 p.m., Wellington County OPP responded to a report of an airplane that made an emergency landing at Guelph Airpark on Skyway Drive, Township of Guelph-Eramosa. OPP attended along with Guelph Fire and Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Services. 

Investigation revealed that the aircraft was a homemade pleasure aircraft, a Zenith "Zenair" with aircraft marking C-GQEF. The plane had departed from Guelph Airpark at approximately 12:10 p.m. Approximately 15 minutes into the flight the pilot experienced engine problems and the pilot made an attempt to land at the Guelph Airpark.

The pilot was able to manoeuver the aircraft. At one point the plane touched the top of a tree which changed the trajectory of the aircraft towards the west side of the runway. This caused it to land hard at the south end of a harvested corn field.

Damage to the plane appeared to be minor. The pilot was transported by land ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) was notified of the incident.