AIRCRAFT LOST POWER AND LANDED IN A FIELD. SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA.
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SAN LUIS OBISPO
A plane experiencing engine trouble made an emergency landing in rural Santa Margarita late Monday morning.
The pilot of the Mooney M20J tells KSBY he took off from the San Luis Obispo airport at about 10:30 a.m., but began experiencing engine problems about 20 minutes later and was not able to get enough power to maintain altitude or return to the airport.
Another 20 minutes reportedly went by before he was able to crash land on a private dirt airstrip in the Pozo area.
The pilot and his passenger were unhurt.
The plane is said to have substantial damage and will likely remain in the area for several days until equipment can be brought in to remove it, according to the pilot. The left gear also collapsed.
The pilot says he has owned the plane for 18 years.
Incident occurred September 12, 2013 at San Carlos Airport (KSQL), San Mateo County, California:
SAN CARLOS (CBS SF) — A small plane was forced to make a “gear up” landing at the San Carlos Airport.
The incident happened around 11:20 a.m. The plane’s 56-year-old pilot was on a business trip from San Luis Obispo.
According to San Mateo County Sheriffs, he didn’t realize the landing gear was still up until the plane touched down on the runway.
Fortunately the pilot walked away uninjured.
Airport officials closed the airport until the plane could be moved from the runway.