Pilot, an Oregon man, escapes with only cuts and bruises; his Cessna misses houses
A single-engine plane crash-landed in the dry Fresno Riverbed Sunday at about 11 a.m. between State Route 99 and Schnoor Avenue, south of the fairgrounds. The pilot sustained only minor injuries in the crash.
The pilot, a Medford, Ore., man in his 70s, told police he was flying the rented plane from Arizona, where he been visiting a xon and was returning home when his engine began to sputter, according to Madera Police Sgt. Johnny Smith.
The man said he was unfamiliar with the Madera area and did not have time to circle. Police are not releasing the man’s name.
“He said he was going to land at the Madera airport anyway, probably for fuel,” Smith said. “He stated his gauges showed 1/4 of a tank. As soon as his engine started to sputter he knew it was going down. He said he knew he was over housing and had to quickly find somewhere (else) to safely put it down, when he saw the open riverbed. The plane was pretty badly damaged.” ...