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Ditched: Mud brings airplane to a halt

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Fort Worth pilot walked away with no injuries after making a hard landing in a muddy field in Rhome Saturday afternoon.

PLANE AS MUD - After making an emergency landing in a field, pilot James Vroom decided to attempt a takeoff. Mud ruined those plans. Vroom was not injured. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

PLANE AS MUD – After making an emergency landing in a field, pilot James Vroom decided to attempt a takeoff. Mud ruined those plans. Vroom was not injured. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Department of Public Safety Trooper Adolfo Patterson said James Edgar Vroom, 66, was flying the single-engine plane just before 3 p.m. Saturday when it started to stall. Vroom decided to make an emergency landing in a field just west of U.S. 81/287 and south of Texas 114 West.

As he was landing, the plane began operating normally again, and Vroom decided to try to take off. But before he could lift back off, the plane hit a ditch, and the wheels sunk and broke off in mud, bringing the aircraft to an abrupt halt.

Medics and the Rhome Volunteer Fire Department responded, but Vroom did not need medical treatment.

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