A pilot Saturday was forced to make a wheels-up landing on a Madras road after the engine quit on him shortly after take-off.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot was able to make a safe, controlled landing of his single-engine plane on NW Elm Lane, about seven miles north of Madras.
Sheriff’s deputies, the fire department and airport personnel responded to the scene, as did nearby farmers who used their haying equipment to lift the plan so the landing gear could be lowered. The airplane was towed back to the Madras Airport.
The pilot, a 55-year-old man from Sandy, had just attended the Airshow of the Cascades as a spectator. He was not injured.