Pilot makes emergency landing near Castlewood

July 30, 2020
Mike Tanner

CASTLEWOOD, S.D.–A pilot escaped injury after making an emergency landing in Hamlin County Wednesday afternoon.

Watertown dispatch got a call just before 3:00 p.m. that an emergency landing was being attempted south of Watertown, near Thomas.

Several agencies including the Hamlin County Sheriff’s Office, Hamlin County Emergency Management, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Game, Fish and Parks and the Codington County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to look for the plane.

About an hour later, the airplane was located southwest of Castlewood.

The 27 year-old female pilot was checked over at the scene by Castlewood Ambulance.

The cause of the emergency landing was engine failure.

The plane had taken off from the Madison area and was heading for Watertown.