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Local pilot is forced to make emergency landing

This is the scene of the Saturday emergency landing near Soda Springs, Idaho, of a plane piloted by a Marquette man. The man and his passenger were not injured in the incident. (Photo courtesy of the Caribou County Sheriff’s Office)

SODA SPRINGS, Idaho — A plane piloted by a Marquette man was forced to make an emergency landing near Soda Springs, Idaho, on Saturday.

The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office said it responded to the incident near Highway 34 near MP99 at about 12:45 p.m. Saturday on a report of an airplane that had landed on the roadway.

Upon arrival it was discovered the pilot, identified as Kyle Miller, 41, of Marquette, and a passenger were traveling from the Frank Church Wilderness Area to Laramie, Wyoming, when a mechanical issue caused the airplane, a 1965 Cessna 182H, to lose its load of fuel.

Miller was able to land the plane on an empty stretch of Highway 34 without incident. The plane was repaired and refueled from the roadside.

Miller and his passenger took off safely and continued their trip.

Details of the incident were forwarded to the Federal Aviation Administration for a follow-up investigation.