Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Riverside FSDO-21
City: APPLE VALLEY
AIRCRAFT EXPERIMENTAL VELOCITY 173, FORCE LANDED IN THE DESERT 8 MILES FROM APPLE VALLEY, CA
An experimental aircraft reported engine problems on Saturday morning and was force landed in the desert near Highway 18 between Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley, according to scanner traffic.
Scanner traffic noted the aircraft was having problems around 10:40 a.m.
The call came from the FAA that the pilot was south of Apple Valley Airport.
California Highway Patrol officers and San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department deputies began a search for the plane, and the fire units were dispatched in the area of the airport, according to scanner traffic.
The aircraft and the pilot were located south of Highway 18 in the general vicinity of the Milpas Highlands.
The pilot was the lone occupant of the plane and suffered no injuries, authorities said.
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Dispatch received communication from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just before 10:30 a.m. that a possibly homebuilt experimental aircraft lost the engine and would be landing or possibly already landed somewhere south of the Apple Valley Airport.
The Fire Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff deputies and California Highway Patrol helicopter responded to search for the possibly downed plane.
Just before 11:00 a.m. the plane was located, and deputies made contact with the sole occupant of the plane, who landed without injuries. At this time the condition of the plane is unknown. Information will be updated as it is received.