Civilian plane makes emergency landing at Seal Beach military base

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A single-engine plane bound for Long Beach from San Diego was forced to make an emergency landing at an Orange County military base on Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Witnesses reported hearing the engine of the single-engine Cessna 400 sputtering moments before it landed in a field at the eastern end of Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station before 9 a.m.

“It was actually a really good landing,” base spokesman Gregg Smith said.

The plane landed in a field of dirt south of Westminster Boulevard near Bolsa Chica Road, about 1,000 meters from any military weaponry, Smith said.

The plane is registered in the name of an Oklahoma company, according to records. It had left Montgomery Field in San Diego and was heading for Long Beach, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said.

The plane was piloted by a husband and wife who were not injured in the incident, authorities said. Their plane did not appear to have been damaged and it did not appear that they would be arrested or charged with landing on the base.

“At this point, it seems like it’s just an accident. We’ll have to find a way to get the plane off the ground, ”Smith said.

The FAA will investigate the incident.

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