Two unhurt in small plane crash near Algona

ALGONA — Two people walked away unharmed after a small plane made an unplanned landing on a gravel road near Algona and slid into a ditch Saturday.

A student pilot and a flight instructor were in the 1958 Cessna airplane, according to the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department. They were not identified by sheriff’s deputies

The plane took off from Algona Municipal Airport heading northwest. Its engine stopped when the plane was 600 feet above the ground, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The flight instructor turned the plane back toward the airport, but because of high winds it was not able to land on the runway. The plane instead landed on 100th Avenue on the east side of the airport, then slid into the ditch.

The plane was a total loss, according to sheriff’s deputies.