August 21, 2014
FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Officials say the pilot of a small plane escaped with only minor injuries after he was forced to land at a Northern California park.
The single-engine Piper PA24 landed at a park in the Sacramento County city of Fair Oaks a little after 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
KCRA-TV reports the park was mostly empty at the time, and no one else was hurt.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane was heading from Salinas to Auburn when it experienced engine trouble.
The pilot tried to get to a nearby airport but didn't make it.
The aircraft lost power and glided into a hard landing, hitting the top of some trees and clipping a parked car before coming to a rest. Some debris from the damaged plane was scattered in the park.
The FAA plans to investigate.
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