Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pilot makes emergency landing in farm field.

WINCHESTER - A pilot en route to Hemet-Ryan Airport was forced to make an emergency landing in a field near Winchester today when he encountered mechanical trouble.

The non-injury accident happened around noon just east of Warren Road, close to Domenigoni Parkway, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The pilot of the Cessna 210 Centurion was traveling from McClellan- Palomar Airport in San Diego County to Hemet when the aircraft apparently experienced mechanical difficulties, prompting the aviator to land the singe- engine plane in a farm field, a fire department spokesperson said.

There were no passengers on board.

Pictures of the plane showed it landed with its gear retracted and was intact, with propeller blades bent.

The National Transportation and Safety Board was investigating the accident.

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