LITCHFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A Warden Service plane losing power had to make an emergency landing on the northbound lane of Interstate 95 in Litchfield Friday morning.
PHOTOS: Plane makes emergency landing on turnpike
According to the Warden Service, the plane experienced a mechanical issue and landed safely around 9 a.m.
Warden Service pilot Dan Dufault had been flying with biologist Charlie Todd from Belfast to Lewiston-Auburn. Dufalt was able to bring the plane to an abandoned rest stop area near mile 98 in Litchfield.
After two hours on the ground, Chief Pilot Durward Humphrey was able to restore power to the plane. After refueling, Humphrey flew the Cessna 172 back to Augusta.
The plane, manufactured in 1968, is one of four owned by the Warden Service.
"A mechanical issue caused the plane to lose power," said Doug Rafferty, Director of Public Information and Education with the Warden Service. "All contributing factors are being examined."
The turnpike northbound lane near mile 98 had to be closed briefly for the plane to take off.
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