Dwight Yoakam and everyone else is safe after a a scare at 50,000 feet Sunday afternoon. Dwight and 9 other passengers were aboard a twin-engine Hawker 800 jet after playing a private show in a small town in Canada’s Northwest Territories roughly 1,300 miles due North of Great Falls, MT, when the pilot radioed in an engine fire while en route back to the United States.
The plane made an emergency landing at the Van Nuys airport; a neighborhood in the greater Los Angeles, CA area. The runway was cleared and the fire department was waiting when the place arrived, but the plane was able to land safely and the engine was found to be smoking, but not on fire. According to TMZ, the private show Dwight was returning from was a 50th birthday party for a woman who recently won a $7.6 million dollar lottery jackpot.
Dwight Yoakam is currently touring in support of his recent album 3 Pears—his first in nearly 7 years. He has shows planned in Houston and Oklahoma before the holidays.