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