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Two injured when plane makes emergency landing in desert

A single-engine airplane was forced to make an emergency landing in the desert Friday after the plane lost engine power.

Las Vegas police spokesman Bill Cassell said the plane landed in Blue Diamond near Castalia Street just after 11:30 a.m. after failing to land on state Route 160.

County officials said both victims, John W. Jamison and Catherine Irene Jamison of Las Vegas were taken by ambulance to University Medical Center. John Jamison, 81, was listed in critical condition. Catherine Jamison, 69, was being evaluated.

Aviation officials said the plane was a Beechcraft Bonanza manufactured in 1948 and is registered to John Jamison, who holds a commercial pilot’s license. The plane was coming into North Las Vegas airport from Palm Springs, Calif.

According to the website FlightAware, which tracks airplanes in flight, the plane appeared to veer off-course just after crossing the Nevada state line, flying in a circle before continuing toward the airport.

According to the Palm Springs Desert Sun, the Jamisons also have a home in Palm Springs.

Jamison, a widower, married Catherine Irene Frank in 2009 and challenged her to learn to fly, the newspaper reported.

“I started my lessons in about October (2008) and got my license the third or fourth of February,” Frank, then 68, told the Desert Sun.

The couple had flown to Yellowstone National Park, Mexico and Canada since Frank got her license, the article said.

“She hasn’t got to the point where she flies away by herself,” Jamison told the paper.

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