Crop sprayer makes emergency landing on Richland County highway

August 16, 2023

GREAT BEND, N.D.–A crop spraying pilot is okay after landing his plane on a highway a couple of miles east of Great Bend, North Dakota, southwest of Wahpeton.

Richland County Sheriff Gary Ruhl said the pilot reported that his engine failed Tuesday morning. Ruhl said he managed to land the aircraft on County Road 16, and the engine restarted as he touched down.

The plane then skidded into a muddy field. He said there appeared to be propeller and engine damage.

County Emergency Management Director Brett Lambrecht said the plane was expected to be towed to the airport in Wahpeton.