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INSTRUCTOR AND TRAINEE LAND SAFELY ON THE SHORES OF UTAH LAKE AFTER FAILURE OF SMALL PLANE’S ENGINE

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A single engine aircraft landed safely on the shores of Utah Lake after engine failure forced the plane down during a training flight Saturday morning.

Michael Townsend, 34, and Kris Cotant, 18, were both uninjured after the Piper Tomahawk made an emergency landing on the shoreline of Utah Lake approximately four miles south of Lincoln Beach about 10 a.m.According to the sheriff's department, the plane experienced engine failure 30 minutes from Provo airport.

Townsend, the flight instructor, said they were just beginning instrument training when engine failed.

It was a training flight for Cotant.

A Utah County dispatcher said Townsend was able to safely land the plane, which only suffered minor damage.

The Federal Aviation Administration will begin an investigation into the cause of the engine failure.