NORTHRIDGE — A small plane made a rough emergency landing on the campus of Cal State University Northridge Sunday, coming to a rest upside down but resulting in only minor, authorities said.
A man and woman inside the plane avoided major injury in the incident, which was reported just after 3 p.m. at the university, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Brian Humphrey. No injuries on the ground were reported.
It initially appeared the pilot of the six-seat, single-engine airplane attempted to make an emergency landing on the athletic field at CSUN but overshot it, Humphrey said. The plane crashed through a chain link fence and ended up overturned just southwest of the intersection of Plummer Street and Zelzah Avenue, at the eastern edge of the campus.
No buildings or students at the campus were endangered by the incident, he added.
The plane, a Cessna 206, “departed from Novato, Calif. for John Wayne Airport,” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.
“The aircraft lost engine power near Van Nuys Airport,” he said. “The pilot tried to reach VNY but ended up making a forced landing on a Cal State Northridge soccer field around 3:10 p.m.”
“The two people on board sustained minor injuries,” Gregor added.
According to an FAA registry, the airplane is registered to a Newport Beach based business called Clipper 29 Uniform LLC.
In addition to the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board was expected to look into the crash, officials said.
PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles Fire Department