Pilot Performs Emergency Landing in Livermore Following Engine Failure

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    NBC Bay Area

    The pilot of a small airplane made an emergency landing in Livermore after experiencing engine failure Sunday afternoon, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

    The plane, a Piper J3 with the tail number N31786, reportedly experienced engine failure around 3:30 p.m., FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

    According to the FAA's preliminary investigation, the pilot made a precautionary landing about 5 miles east of Livermore Municipal Airport, Gregor said.

    The pilot spotted a field he thought would be safe to land on and took the plane down. It turned out the field is part of Sandia National Labs.

    Because that is a high security area, the pilot was questioned before being released

    Nobody on board the plane was injured and no damage to the plane was reported.

    The FAA is investigating the cause of the engine problem.