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Small aircraft has trouble; lands in grassy field near New Richmond, Wis., airport

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. - A small airplane taking off from New Richmond Regional Airport on Wednesday afternoon developed engine problems and eventually landed in a grassy field next to the runway.

Pilot Bob Perkins of Somerset, Wis., was taking off when the trouble occurred. But instead of landing on the runway, the plane ended up about 100 feet away.

"It was a pretty minor incident," said Airport Manager Mike Demulling.

In fact, he said, it probably won't be a reportable incident in terms of Federal Aviation Administration requirements. There were no injuries and there was only slight damage reported to the airplanes nose gear.

Demulling said the incident had no impact on airport operations during the afternoon.

New Richmond police responded to the incident and took a few pictures.

The New Richmond (Wis.) News and the Morris Sun Tribune are owned by Forum Communications Co.