Emergency landing

A pilot was forced to land on Route 3 Sunday after the engine failed. There were no injuries.

Three people escaped injury when their single-engine airplane made an emergency landing Sunday afternoon on State Route 3 in Culpeper County.

Virginia State Police Trooper W.C. Beard responded to reports of a plane crash at 4:05 p.m., according to a state police news release.

The plane’s engine failed after it took off from the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport, the release said. The pilot made an emergency landing on Route 3 just under a mile east of State Route 788 and then struck a utility pole. The impact also caused the aircraft to strike a fence.

The pilot, Hyunju V. Ko, 47, of Gainesville, was not injured. Two juvenile passengers also were uninjured.

The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene, and the crash remains under investigation.

No one on the ground was injured as a result of the crash.

Virginia State Police were assisted by the Culpeper Sheriff’s Office, the Richardsville Volunteer Fire Department and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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