NH student pilot makes emergency landing

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A 19-year-old student pilot made an emergency nighttime landing at a small airport in Keene, N.H., when the personal aircraft she was flying lost power.

Sarah Steves, an aviation student at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, was returning from a practice flight to Glens Falls, N.Y., when the four-seat, single-engine Cessna 172 Skyhawk she was piloting went dark just after 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Steves, who was on her first night flight, was able to send out a radio distress call before the Cessna’s radio died.

An employee of Monadnock Aviation answered Steves’ call and contacted emergency dispatchers. As fire crews rushed to Dillant-Hopkins Airport, they were told that Steves had landed.

Swanzey Fire Chief Norman Skantze said Steves was not seriously injured and the Cessna did not appear to have sustained any significant damage.

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