War plane makes emergency landing in Marrar wheat crop | Photos

AN EMERGENCY landing of a historic war plane, with two people on board, near Wagga at the weekend is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

The aircraft, a Consolidated Vultee BT-13A Valiant, made a controlled landing in a paddock off Marravale Lane, south of Marrar, about 4.15pm on Saturday.

It is understood the plane was flying from Temora when the incident occurred.

Wagga police duty officer Acting Inspector Phil Malligan said the 62-year-old pilot and 29-year-old passenger escaped injury after the plane touched down "without incident".

"The pilot felt something wasn't right and conducted the landing in a wheat paddock," Acting Inspector Malligan said.

Property owner Ben Langtry said the plane ended up about 100 metres from the lane which runs between Marrar Road and Wagga Road.

Mr Langtry said his wheat crop got through the incident relatively unscathed, with "just a couple of wheel tracks" through it.

"He (the pilot) landed it successfully and pulled it up very quickly," Mr Langtry said.

"The plane looks fine, but there's a massive pile of oil underneath it."

It is understood ATSB investigators will visit the scene today and Mr Langtry said the pilot would also return to determine how the aircraft could be removed.

"I think getting it out of the paddock is going to be tricky, I don't think it will be flyable," he said.


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