Plane runs out of gas, makes emergency landing in Barre cornfield

Posted 21 March 2021 at 10:27 pm

Photo courtesy of Orleans County Sheriff’s Office: A pilot landed this Cessna safely in a Barre cornfield after running out of gas.

Press Release, Orleans County Sheriff Chris Bourke

BARRE – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an aircraft emergency landing today in a corn field off the Bragg Schoolhouse Road in the Town of Barre.

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport Control Tower contacted the Orleans County Sheriff’s 911 Center and reported a plane down approximately 2 miles east of the Pine Hill Airport. Barre Fire Department and Sheriff’s Deputies located the 1962 Cessna 182F Single Prop and the pilot, Eloy Vague-Spaude of Rochester, approximately 1,500 feet off the road in a cornfield.

The pilot indicated that he had allowed two skydivers to jump and was circling to return to the Pine Hill Airport when he ran out of fuel and made the emergency landing. The pilot was not injured and the plane was not damaged.

A crew from the Pine Hill Airport fueled the aircraft and towed it out to Bragg Schoolhouse Road. The pilot was able to restart the plane and take off on the roadway.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by Orleans County Emergency Management.