Warden Service plane makes emergency landing on I-95

Plane flying from Belfast to Lewiston-Auburn
Apr 26, 2013

A Maine Warden Service Aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on Interstate 95 near Litchfield at approximately 9 a.m. this morning, according to a press release from Director of Public Information Doug Rafferty.

The plane — flown by Warden Service Pilot Dan Dufault — landed in the northbound lane of the interstate, stated Rafferty. There were no injuries and no traffic problems. Pilot Dufault was able to guide the plane into an abandoned rest area off the interstate.

There was one passenger on board, biologist Charlie Todd, who was flying with Dufault from Belfast to Lewiston-Auburn to do research on eagles.

Warden Service Chief Pilot Durward Humphrey was called to the scene and was able to restore power to the plane, according to the press release. He then flew it to Augusta for inspection.

The plane, a Cessna 172 manufactured in 1968, is one of four owned by the Warden Service.

A mechanical issue caused the plane to lose power, stated Rafferty. All contributing factors are being examined.

State Police and the Turnpike Authority assisted the Warden Service.

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