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Plane makes emergency landing in citrus grove
A twin engine Commander aircraft made an emergency landing just prior to 3 p.m. Wednesday on a dirt road between two young citrus groves, 2 miles south of the Porterville Airport.
The plane landed an approximate 200 yards west of Road 224, just south of Teapot Dome Avenue. No injuries were reported.
Fortunately, the plane landed where the citrus trees were not much taller than 3 feet, giving plenty of room for the aircraft. It came to stop just before some utility lines.
Numerous law enforcement entities responded. However, as of press time, Sgt. Chris Douglass, TCSO Public Information Officer, said she had no additional information.
Porterville Airport manager Jim McDonald said the aircraft is a twin engine, six-passenger plane contracted with the U.S. Forest Service chartered by the Porterville Air Attack Base.
“I don’t have any other information other than it landed off the airport and our mechanic has gone out to take a look at it,” McDonald said. “I don’t know why he landed where he did. All I know is that the aircraft and one other person is fine.”
Raul Contreras, Porterville Air Attack Base manager, was also on site but said he did not know anything, other than a plane landed where there was no airport.
Contact Esther Avila at 784-5000, Ext. 1045. Follow her on Twitter @Avila_recorder.