Small Plane Goes Down In River Bottom Near Fillmore

Saturday October 27, 2018


(Photos courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

   Updated---A Santa Paula man and a Ventura woman walked away from their single-engine Cessna airplane with only minor injuries after they were forced to make an emergency landing in the Santa Clara River bottom southwest of Fillmore late Saturday morning.

   It was reported shortly after 10:30 AM in the river bottom southeast of the Little Red School House on Highway 126 between Santa Paula and Fillmore.

   The plane was overturned and there were initial reports of smoke and flames, but there was no fire.

   The Santa Paula man, who was the pilot, and his female passenger from Ventura, had taken off from Santa Paula Airport Saturday morning for a trip to Bakersfield when they experienced engine failure and turned around in an effort to make it back to Santa Paula.

   They came up a little short but still made a successful emergency landing in the river bottom.

   The plane overturned after it touched town but the man, woman, and their dog made it out of the aircraft relatively OK

   Air Squad 9 did airlift them to medical personnel staged in Fillmore and then they were taken to VCMC to be treated for what were described as minor injuries.

   The aircraft was based at Santa Paula Airport.

   The NTSB will investigate.