Monday, August 19, 2013

Plane makes emergency landing in field near Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California

A small private plane made an emergency landing Monday morning in a field north of Healdsburg, according to a Sonoma County sheriff's official.

The two people on board weren't hurt and the pilot was able to fix whatever was wrong and take off again, said sheriff's Sgt. Brad Burke.

At about 9:30 a.m. the pilot alerted the tower at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport that the bi-plane had lost power.

At that time the plane was about six miles north of the airport. The pilot reported they'd landed in a field.

Emergency officials estimated the plane was east of Fitch Mountain and about seven miles north of Alexander Valley.

Deputies headed into the north county area to find the plane, but the pilot had taken off before deputies found it.

“Everyone was OK. It was strictly mechanical. They were able to fix it and take off,” said Burke.

The Federal Aviation Administration contacted sheriff's officials to say the incident wasn't a crash and no investigation was needed.

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