Fuel leak forces light-plane pilot to make an emergency landing

MEDFORD — A loose fuel cap forced a Southern California pilot to make an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon at the Medford airport.

The pilot was flying north toward Southern Oregon when he saw that the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron was losing fuel, said Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport spokesperson Kim Stearns.

"He made the right decision and landed as soon as he could," Stearns said.

The plane safely landed just after 4:30 p.m. and was greeted at the runway by a fire engine and a Mercy Flights ambulance.

It was not known what jarred the fuel cap loose, Stearns said.

"In a car, gravity holds fuel inside, but in the air the opposite happens and fuel streams out," Stearns said.

The pilot, who was not identified by Stearns, and his passenger intended to refuel the plane Tuesday afternoon and secure the cap to continue their trip.

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