A single-engine plane with three people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing on I-95 Saturday afternoon shortly after taking off from the Houlton airport. 

Maine State Police
Maine State Police

State Police say at around 12:30 p.m., the Houlton Regional Communications Center was made aware of a "mayday" call from an aircraft near Houlton.

State police say the 1961 Cessna 172 had engine problems immediately after taking off from Houlton International Airport.  The pilot, 56-year-old Craig Maynard of Dedham attempted to return to the airport, but the engine lost power and stalled. Maynard was forced to land along the northbound side of the Interstate, police said.  Trooper Carman Lilley responded to the scene at mile marker 304.

Also on board the vintage aircraft was the co-pilot, 77-year-old Rodney Maynard of Presque Isle and a passenger, 24-year-old Cortney Maynard, hometown unknown.

The plane was towed back to the Houlton International Airport with a State Police escort. There were no injuries or damage to the plane.

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