The Rock County Sheriff's Department says there were no injuries when a two-passenger light plane crashed into a hayfield Sunday afternoon. The single-engine plane was piloted by 81-year-old Harold L. Frank, of Rockton, Illinois. A 14-year-old boy from the Orfordville and Brodhead area was also on the plane. The Sheriff's Department says that Frank said that he was returning to the Brodhead Airport when he developed engine trouble. That's when he decided to make an emergency landing in a hayfield. But once the plane landed, hay became tangled in the landing gear. The plane then tipped up on its nose. There was minor damage reported to the aircraft, a 1949 Aronca.
An inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.