Airplane Forced to Land on Avenue in Livermore

NOVEMBER 7, 2000

A small plane made an emergency landing along East Avenue shortly after noon on Nov. 4 before crashing into a ditch at the end of the road. With the exception of the airplane, no property was damaged.

The student pilot sustained only minor injuries. The sole passenger was the pilot's instructor; he was airlifted to Eden Hospital in Castro Valley for facial injuries and was listed in serious condition.

As he was preparing to land the plane at Livermore Municipal Airport about noon, the pilot intended to change fuel tanks but accidentally turned them off, police officials reported.

Unable to restart the plane and too far away from the airport, the pilot decided to use East Avenue as an emergency landing strip.

Source: Daily Review