H-VANDENBERG AFB

Aug 16, 2013 7:33 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Plane makes emergency landing at VAFB, one passenger parachutes to ground

Vandenberg Air Force officials say a Cessna 206 made an emergency landing on the runway Thursday.

It happened around 4:20 p.m.

Officials say four people were on the plane when it landed. One person jumped out of the plane when it was about 2000 feet above ground. He was able to safely parachute to the airfield.

According to one official, this isn't the first time this plane has made an emergency landing on Vandenberg's runway.

"This is the second time that this same aircraft has landed here. A few years ago it called in for an emergency landing for the same issue - a blown engine," said Anthony Galvan, transient alert and maintenance member for United Paradyne.

Galvan says the pilot was able to safely and smoothly land, even without power.

The 30th Space Wing emergency response team says no injuries were reported and the runway wasn't damaged.

The plane that landed was part of Sky Dive Santa Barbara. Those planes usually operate out of the Lompoc Airfield.

Next week, Lompoc Airfield officials will disassemble the Cessna and move it off Vandenberg's property.

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