Small Plane Skids Off Runway at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose

By NBC Bay Area staff and wires
|  Thursday, Jan 30, 2014  |  Updated 10:26 PM PDT
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Plane Skids Off Runway at San Jose Airport

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A plane skidded off a runway at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose on Thursday.


No injuries were reported after a small plane skidded off a runway Thursday afternoon at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose.

The plane, a Rockwell Commander, lost its brakes after landing at 4:15 p.m. at Reid-Hillview Airport, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.

The plane rolled through a perimeter fence, but none of the four people on board was injured, Gregor said.

When the plane came to a stop it was just a couple hundred feet away from homes. Neighbors said it was definitely a close call.

"Just very fortunate that it could have been a lot worse," said Luis Mendoza, who lives near the airport.

Mendoza and his neighbors took pictures with their phones and cameras of the accident.

"(My) first reaction is in shock, you know," he said. "Cause it's really close."

The San Jose Fire Department responded to the scene and helped the plane's crew replace the hydraulic fluid in the brakes, officials said.

Thursday's accident is the third incident in and around the airport in the past four months.

On Jan. 17, two pilots and a passenger were uninjured after two small planes crashed on the airport's runway. And last October, a plane landed safely on nearby Capitol Expressway.

MORE: Planes Collide on Runway at San Jose Airport | Plane Makes Safe Emergency Landing Near Mall

Reid-Hillview Airport is located at 2500 Cunningham Ave.

NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama and the Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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