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Wis. pilot, 19, safely crash-lands small plane

Published On: Jun 24 2013 03:40:38 PM CDT

Dodge County deputies say the pilot who safely crash-landed a small plane with four people aboard was just 19-years-old.

Remington Viney of Madison earned her pilot's license last fall. She and three family members were flying from Madison to eastern Wisconsin on Sunday.

They were flying in a Piper Archer fixed-wing aircraft. Viney told deputies she tried to flip a switch that changes from one fuel tank to the other but the switch malfunctioned. She says the aircraft began to lose power.

She managed to land the plane in a newly planted cornfield near Beaver Dam. Deputies say everyone on board was safe and the aircraft was undamaged.

Dodge County sheriff's Lt. Brian Loos said Monday that Viney did a "commendable job" landing the plane safely.