August 23, 2014
RAMONA, Calif. (AP) - A small plane that reported engine trouble
after taking off from the Ramona Airport made an emergency landing
in a field on Monday, ending a two-hour search that authorities
feared would end tragically.
Officials believed the experimental plane from Alpine was
missing until the pilot's wife called to say he survived, said San
Diego County sheriff's Lt. Hope Andrews.
"The gentleman landed in a field, walked out, called his wife
and told her he was fine. Then he got a ride home," Andrews said.
The airport's control tower heard a distress signal after the
plane took off, and another aircraft in the area heard the pilot
report engine trouble, she said.
Ramona is about 25 miles northeast of San Diego.