Saturday, August 11, 2012

AMERICAN AA1, N5718L: Aircraft force landed on a road, Cameron Park, California

  Regis#: 5718L        Make/Model: AA1       Description: AA-1 Trainer, Tr2, T-Cat, Lynx
  Date: 08/10/2012     Time: 2000

  Event Type: Incident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: None

  City: CAMERON PARK   State: CA   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Landing      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: SACRAMENTO, CA  (WP25)                Entry date: 08/13/2012

A 1969 Grumman American AA-1 Yankee aircraft made an emergency landing on La Cienega Way off of La Canada Drive at about 12:40 Friday afternoon.

The pilot, who owns the plane, was flying with his flight instructor when they encountered an engine problem, said CHP Officer I.M. Hoey. The flight instructor took over and landed the plane, which, according to the Federal Aviation Administration Registry, is registered to Arlen G. Butler of Sacramento.

Dave Teter, a spokesmen for Cal Fire, said the flight instructor, Sean Chopelas of Fair Oaks, made a textbook emergency landing.

“He told me he landed it exactly as he was trained to do and how he trained people to do it,” Teter said.

Teter said Chopelas and the pilot were concerned about being an inconvenience to motorists as the small plane blocked the road.

The FAA waited for approval from the National Transportation Safety Board before moving the plane back to the Cameron Park Airport via Oxford Road, Teter said. The NTSB, Teter said, “is calling it an “aircraft incident” rather than an “aircraft accident” because there was no property damage or damage to the plane.”

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