A small plane crash-landed in a cornfield on the west edge of Davenport Monday night.
At 8:08 p.m., Davenport police received a report of a small aircraft going down in northwest Davenport, according to Davenport Assistant Chief of Police Donald E. Schaeffer.
Emergency personnel located the single engine, four-passenger plane in a corn field approximately a half mile east of 60th Street and Fairmount Street, north of the Silver Creek Trailer Park.
The pilot, who was the only occupant in the aircraft, stated that as he was approaching the Davenport Municipal Airport to land, the plane experience mechanical problems and he was forced to put it down in the cornfield. The pilot was not injured.
According to Assistant Chief Schaeffer, authorities with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been contacted about the accident. Security of the scene was maintained throughout the night and recorded during the daylight hours, he said.
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.