This article has been updated to reflect the most recent information.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Ohio University Police Department are investigating an international aircraft that landed without proper authorization at OU’s Gordon K. Bush airport in Albany, according to a statement from OUPD.
According to the statement, the pilot was traveling through U.S. airspace when a mechanical problem forced him to land unexpectedly. The Department of Homeland Security warned OUPD of the aircraft at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"Since the Ohio University airport is not a port of entry, Customs and Border Protection requested the occupants of the aircraft be detained until federal agents could respond," the statement read.
The craft is a privately-owned Canadian airplane based in Lachute, Quebec, according to information from the Canadian Civil Aircraft Register database.
State Highway Patrol is also assisting, according to an officer at the Highway Patrol office in Athens.