Dwight Yoakam’s Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Reports Fire
A private plane carrying Dwight Yoakam had to make an emergency landing over the weekend after the pilot reported a fire on board.
TMZ reports the country singer and nine others were on board a twin-engine Hawker 800, returning from a small, private gig the singer played in a village in Canada for the 50th birthday party of a woman who recently won $7.6 million dollars in the lottery.
The singer, who took home Artist of the Year honors at the Americana Music Honors & Awards in September after releasing a celebrated new album, '3 Pears,' in 2012, was on his way home when the plane apparently started to smoke, prompting the pilot to call in an emergency landing at the airport in Van Nuys, Calif., near Los Angeles. The pilot stated that the aircraft was on fire.
Authorities cleared the runway and had the fire department on hand, and the plane landed safely without further incident. TMZ reports that while there was a great deal of smoke, there was no actual fire on board the plane. No injuries were reported.