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Small plane lands safely in backyard after engine ices up

Posted at 8:36 AM, Jan 22, 2016

The pilot of a single-engine plane safely landed in a field behind a western New York home after the engine iced-up.

Jeremiah Coholan and his passenger, Richard Medeiros, took off from New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Thursday. They were approaching the Rochester area around 1:45 p.m. when the engine of their Cessna began seizing up as ice clogged the carburetor.

Coholan says he looked for a place to land and found the small, snow-covered field behind a home in the Wayne County village of Macedon, 10 miles east of Rochester.

The plane landed safely. The two men weren't injured.

State police say Federal Aviation Administration representatives went to the scene to inspect the plane.