By Staff Reports

Two people suffered minor injuries after a plane made an emergency landing in a field east of Franklin.

Both the pilot and a passenger were able to walk away from the landing on Wednesday afternoon and their injuries were believed to be minor, with mainly cuts and bruises, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

The plane went down near County Road 525E and State Road 44, about half a mile east of the Interstate 65 exit onto King Street in Franklin, Cox said. The incident happened about 2 p.m.

The pilot was forced to land the plane, a single-engine aircraft, due to a fuel problem, Cox said.

Federal Aviation Administration officials were notified of the incident, he said.

Cox said it does not appear that the landing gear was used, but the plane landed on its belly and stayed upright. The matter is still under investigation.

This is the second time this year that a plane has made an emergency landing in a field east of Franklin. On Jan. 19, an aircraft began issuing a distress signal then landed in a farm field southeast of the city. The aircraft wasn’t damaged and the pilot resumed his flight shortly after landing, but the incident prompted an emergency response because the aircraft was issuing a distress signal from the air.