Aero Commander 500-B (N1165Z) made an forced landing on a dirt road off of Road 224, just south of Teapot Dome Avenue at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.
A Aero 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.
IDENTIFICATION Regis#: 1165Z Make/Model: AC50 Description: 500 Commander 500, Shrike Commander Date: 10/10/2012 Time: 2200 Event Type: Incident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N Damage: None LOCATION City: PORTERVILLE State: CA Country: US DESCRIPTION AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED ON A DIRT ROAD, NEAR PORTERVILLE, CA INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0 # Crew: 1 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: # Pass: 0 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: # Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: OTHER DATA Activity: Unknown Phase: Landing Operation: OTHER FAA FSDO: FRESNO, CA (WP17) Entry date: 10/11/2012