Incorrectly Installed Gas Cap Forces Plane To Emergency Land In Soybean Field

(Metomen) A United Kingdom man suffered no injuries after his plane lost power and was forced to land in a farm field in the town of Metomen Sunday. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area near County Highway KK and State Highway 44/49 around 2:40pm. The 1945 Piper J3C-65 was flying from Lake Crystal, Minnesota to the EAA Sea Plane Base in Oshkosh when Krikor Krikorian Pryford, the pilot and lone occupant of the craft, reported an instant loss of power. The 74-year-old was able to safely land the plane in a soybean field. The investigation determined that an incorrectly installed gas cap resulted in the loss of engine power. No damage was reported to the plane which was removed by Meyers Aviation of Oshkosh and transported to Big Green Lake where it was able to resume its flight. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the town of Ripon Police Department and the Federal Aviation Administration.