Pilot crashes plane in field near Paso Robles Airport

Student pilot and instructor uninjured

PASO ROBLES – Tuesday evening at approximate 8:30 p.m. the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to an aircraft incident near the Paso Robles Airport. Arriving responders found an upright plane in a field just south of Dry Creek Road.

The plane, a single-engine Piper aircraft took off from the Paso Robles Airport with two passengers who had just had a brief layover from the Bay Area. A student pilot and his instructor experience engine failure before they reached full altitude.

The instructor immediately took over the plane’s controls and attempted to return and land safely at the airport. The instructor was able to maneuver and glide the plane away from homes, power lines and traffic. He failed short in his attempt to reach the airport and landed in the field.

Neither person on the plane sustained injuries. The plane sustained moderate damage without the release of any contaminants into the environment. The cause of the engine failure is unknown at this time.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were contacted from the scene. Resources were provided by Cal Fire, the Paso Robles Police Department and the Paso Robles Airport Manager.


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