Sunday, November 07, 2021

Bellanca 7ECA Citabria, N5054B: Incidents occurred November 07, 2021 and September 16, 2016

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California 

November 07, 2021:  Aircraft made an emergency landing at a horse park in Woodside, San Mateo County, California.

Date: 07-NOV-21
Time: 19:55:00Z
Regis#: N5054B
Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Aircraft Model: 7ECA
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

A small plane that took off from the Palo Alto Airport made an emergency landing Sunday afternoon at a horse park in Woodside, fire officials said.

No injuries were reported after the aircraft touched down shortly after noon in an open area at The Horse Park, 3674 Sandhill Road, according to the Woodside Fire Protection District.

"I was thrilled that nobody was hurt and a couple of horses thought it was kind of exciting," said Steve Roon, executive director of the horse park. "Like 'woah what's that?'"

The plane, a Bellanca 7ECA Citabria, was still at the Woodside horse park as of Monday morning, as the pilot investigated how to move it, Roon shared.

The pilot told fire officials that he had to land due to a malfunctioning fuel line, soon after takeoff from the Palo Alto Airport, about 7 miles away. The fire department called the horse park to let them know a plane needed to land, Roon said.

"It was an amateur pilot out flying and noticed an issue with his plane," he said. "Rather than try to fly back over residential area, he came to land at the horse park."

Planes have landed at the horse park, which is "just a big field with no trees," in the past, Roon noted. He said he considers the park a community resource.


No injuries are reported after a small plane made an emergency landing Sunday in Woodside, officials said.

The plane landed at the Horse Park at Woodside in the area of San Hill and Whiskey Hill roads.

The Woodside Fire Department said that the pilot and a passenger left Palo Alto Airport when the pilot noticed a fuel leak.

Officials said the plane landed without incident and no one was injured.

The incident was reported at 12:06 p.m.


WOODSIDE, California - A small plane made an unscheduled landing in an equestrienne facility Sunday in the town of Woodside, according the San Mateo County Fire Department.

The Bellanca Citabria 7ECA landed safely around noon after the pilot reported a possible fuel leak and declared an emergency, according to the FAA.

The two occupants aboard the plane were uninjured.

Officials haven't confirmed if there were any injuries during the landing. The plane landed in an open field at the Horse Park in Woodside, located at 3674 Sand Hill Road.

According to their website, the facility is closed to equestrienne events today.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California

September 16, 2016: Aircraft force landed off the runway, 1 mile from Palo Alto Airport (KPAO), Santa Clara County, California

Date: 16-SEP-16
Time: 21:41:00Z
Regis#: N5054B
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7ECA
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: None
Activity: Instruction
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: California

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