Student Pilot Makes Hard Landing on Peninsula

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011  |  Updated 2:07 PM PDT
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Student Pilot Makes Hard Landing on Peninsula

This is where the plane stopped.

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A flight student and instructor were conducting landing and  takeoff exercises in a small plane just before they were forced to make an  emergency landing on a dirt road near East Palo Alto Tuesday morning, a Federal  Aviation Administration spokesman said.

    A preliminary investigation into the emergency revealed that the Beechcraft Musketeer's engine started running roughly during flight exercises  at Palo Alto Airport, prompting the forced landing about two miles west of  the airport at 9:47 a.m., FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.     Neither the instructor nor the student was injured, Gregor said.
    The plane's left wing struck a tree after the landing, causing substantial damage to the left wing.
    The incident remains under investigation by the FAA.
 

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