Glider makes emergency landing in Worth County

Pilot unharmed.

Posted: May 25, 2018 7:48 PM
Updated: May 25, 2018 10:44 PM

WORTH COUNTY, Iowa – A glider has to make an emergency landing in North Iowa Friday evening.

It came down in a farm field just east of Interstate 35 near the exit to the Diamond Joe Casino. The pilot needed to get out of the way of stormy weather and made a soft landing without any injury.

Stephen Nesser of St. Paul was the one manning the glider. he is participating in the Albert Lea Region 7 Glider Competition this weekend.

While first responders say they don't often get calls for plane crashes, or gliders in a field, Nesser said this is probably his eighth or nineth time landing in a field.

He said he was aiming for a field, he did miss judge the landing just a little.

"I was going to land in another field and i relaized the only road is I-35 and you can't get a car there," he said. "So I changed my route.  I was getting low. I thought  that green strip was a road and it will be easy to get a car there, but unfortunately it wasn't a road."

Those with the Worth County Sheriff's Office say the glider was not damaged; howver, there was an unknown amount of damage caused to the crop in the field. Those who own the land say they will not be able to estimate the damage for a couple of weeks.

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