UPDATE: Pilot Loses Power, Crashes Plane In Temecula

The pilot was a 65-year-old man from Fallbrook flying the small Cessna from his home city to the French Valley Airport, according to Sgt. Dean Spivacke of the Temecula Police Department.

UPDATED AT 3:16 p.m.: A small plane that crashed after making a forced landing in Temecula today did not result in any serious injuires, a Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman confirmed.

The crash was reported at 2:07 p.m. at Butterfield Stage Road and Murrieta Hot Springs Road, according to spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson.

The pilot, who was flying solo, was able to get out of the plane without assistance and there were no fuel leaks or fire, Hendrickson continued.

The 65-year-old male pilot from Fallbrook was flying the small Cessna from his home city to the French Valley Airport, according to Sgt. Dean Spivacke of the Temecula Police Department.

"According to witness statements, the plane was coming across, heading to the east very low across Butterfield Stage, impacted the road and slammed into the fence on the east side [of the road]. The plane ultimately flipped upside down," he added.

Preliminary investigation revealed no criminal activity associated with the crash, the sergeant said.

The pilot, whose identity has not been released, suffered minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital, Hendrickson said.

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian McGregor, the Cessna 172 lost engine power and made a forced landing.

The plane came to rest in an adjacent field.

The plane's tail number indicates the fixed-wing single-engine aircraft was manufactured in 1965 and is registerd to John Buehman of Fallbrook. It is not clear if Buehman was the pilot involved in today's crash.

Both FAA and National Transportation Safety Board officials were en route to the crash scene, according to Spivacke.

—Maggie Avants contributed to this report

Cory Ingram March 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Any landing you walk away from is a good landing!
Jeffy Kleiner March 23, 2013 at 02:29 AM
That was a pretty old aircraft, 1965? maybe he hit some unexpected turbulence
KS March 23, 2013 at 05:00 AM
Why does it say "Pilot 'was' a 65-year-old"--- or is he in NY right now and having a birthday?
Robert Scovill March 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Is the preflight procedure flawed? Can undetectable water hide in the fuel tank? Can a pilot preform a proper preflight and not see any water in his sump cup? http://www.sumpthis.com/ntsbpetition/petition07262001tontsb.htm
Laura March 23, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I was thinking the same thing. I thought he has died because it said "was". So glad he didn't.
Judy Nickles March 23, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Craig March 24, 2013 at 09:05 PM
What on earth does this have to do with this emergency landing? Were you there and already investigated the accident yourself and determined it was contaminated fuel?
Craig March 24, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Turbulence does not cause an engine to lose power. Also, 1965 is not that old of an aircraft. There are a LOT of aircraft safely flying around our skies much older than that. People often liken the age of an airplane to the age of a car. Most airplanes (at least since they started building them out of metal instead of wood) can last upwards of 100 years as long as they are properly maintained. Engines get overhauled every 1500-2000 hours, parts get replaced, radios get upgraded. The actual airframe structure can last a long time before it needs to be scrapped.
Louison Bobet March 25, 2013 at 01:45 PM
That is truly a happy ending, too bad the Patch cannot abide by the rules of privacy; the police did not release the name of the pilot but the article releases the name of the planes owner because they ran the plates? why? Kudo's to the pilot for getting her down, shame on the Patch for interfering for the sake of sensationalism.
TVOR March 25, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Craig, water in the fuel tank is a very common cause of engine failure in small planes. It is most often the result of improper preflight inspection. There is no information that it was part of this crash but it is a common cause. One potential issue is that in a down economy, airplane owners tend to skip important maintenence because they have to pay a qualified mechanic (not just anybody can work on an airplane) to fix it and parts are very expensive. An aircraft that is not inspected can have urgent issues that go un noticed and be dangerous to fly. There is no indication this is the cause of this crash. I guess we will never know. Anyhow, glad this gentleman is OK. He is out a $60K aircraft now.
SA March 25, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Obama said he would buy him a new aircraft ....What a great guy!
CJB March 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Where as aircraft can drop in at any time and any place, said happening is note worthy news event! The cause will be determined but most likely not made public,(openly) such is the nature of the relationship of Industry,Government, and privacy considerations. The resting place of the A/C shows the pilot avoided all inhabited areas protecting those below him,good job!


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