Small plane makes emergency landing near Gila Bend

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GILA BEND, Ariz. -- A pilot was uninjured after making an emergency landing in the desert near Gila Bend Tuesday morning.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., a pilot flying a Cessna 177 from Ramona, Calif., to Sierra Vista, Ariz., heard a loud bang coming from the engine of the plane, according to an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

The plane's engine would not re-start so the pilot tried to get to the Gila Bend Airport. When he realized he couldn't make it, he set the plane down on the shoulder near milepost 127 north of Interstate 8.

Aerial video showed damage to the plane's wings.

The pilot was not injured.

The plane had a number of items on board and the NTSB is investigating whether the plane was overloaded.