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'Nobody landed on my house, so that's a bonus': Plane crash-lands in Paso Robles yard

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(Credit: Jim Norman) (Credit: Jim Norman)

UPDATE (12 a.m.) - The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services has released new details on the crash-landing.

Battalion Chief Paul Patti reports a student pilot and his instructor experienced engine failure before reaching full altitude. The cause of the failure was not known.

The instructor took over the controls and tried to return to the airport. The aircraft was gliding with no engine power as the pilot maneuvered the plane away from homes, power lines and traffic before falling short of the airport, Patti said.

The fire department affirms the student and pilot were not injured. The plane has moderate damage. It did not leak oil or fuel into the field.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were contacted. CAL FIRE, Paso Robles police and the airport manager assisted.

ORIGINAL STORY - A small plane crash-landed in a man's yard in Paso Robles Tuesday night. 

KSBY viewer Jim Norman took a Facebook Live video when he heard the crash landing around 8:30 p.m. in his yard, which is on the 3300 block of Dry Creek Road. 

"They're gonna light him up now, so I'll turn off my lights," he said, referring to a helicopter shining a spotlight on the plane, which had crash-landed in a field minutes earlier. "That's an airplane."

Norman estimates the single-engine Piper Arrow landed about 150 yards away south of the runway and Dry Creek Road.

"Nobody landed on my house, so, that's a bonus for me!" Norman said. "Everybody's all good."

Norman told KSBY the plane landed safely without power in the field, wheels up, and no injuries.

Two people were reportedly in the plane at the time of the crash.

According to Flight Aware, the plane is registered to McClelland Aviation in San Jose and made a successful flight from Salinas to San Jose early in the evening.


(Courtesy: Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services)

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