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Apr 20, 2013 11:52 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pilot unhurt after crashing landing in CA vineyard

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A Novato pilot has escaped injury after crash landing his small plane in a Sonoma County vineyard.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/14FwrJc) 67-year-old Patrick Bell was flying his World War II-era biplane Saturday when it lost power.

Lt. Rene Torres of the Bennetts Valley Fire Department said Bell circled several times before deciding to land in a vineyard near Santa Rosa.

The single-engine aircraft cut a 40-yard track across the 52-acre vineyard and wiped out several rows of grapes before it flipped over and came to rest on its top wing.

Torres said Bell was able to free himself from the open-air cockpit.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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