Single-Engine Plane Makes Emergency Landing at Norwood Airport
A single-engine airplane operated by a Norwood flight school made an emergency landing at the Norwood Memorial Airport on Friday morning, May 2, 2023, reports Norwood Police Chief William Brooks. The Cessna 172 landed safely at approximately 11:45 a.m. with no injuries and no damage reported.
Police have determined that a woman and her 60 year-old brother were taking a promotional ride with the flight school when the brother, who is reported to have a developmental disorder, grabbed the flight control yoke, attempting to move it around. The experienced pilot and flight instructor was able to maintain both control of the plane and contact with air traffic controllers.
Out of an abundance of caution, Norwood Police and Norwood Fire departments responded to the scene, and were at the airport when the plane landed.
Police have determined an absence of criminal intent in the incident. However, it was reported to the FAA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation as a matter of standard procedure.