A Modesto couple was uninjured and in good spirits after making an emergency landing in a field near Lockeford on Friday afternoon.
At around 10:30 a.m., roughly seven minutes after Floyd and Ann Bryant left the Lodi Airport, their Stinson 108 aircraft lost power, the couple said.
“Bang, that was it,” Floyd said.
Floyd, 69, who was flying the single-engine plane, made an emergency landing in an open field near Brandt and Clements roads at about 60 miles per hour.
The plane glided along the ground for more than 100 yards before it dipped into a small gully, causing it to flip onto its roof. Aside from a couple of small cuts to Floyd’s hand, the couple walked away unscathed.
“We’re very lucky,” Ann said, puffing on a cigarette.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.
The couple said they flew to Lodi on
Friday morning for breakfast at the Lodi Airport Cafe and were returning home to Modesto when their plane lost power.
Floyd has had his pilot’s license since the 1960s, but Ann said this was the couple’s last flight.
The couple was on the ground for about 30 minutes before paramedics, Clements Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, FAA officials and the San Joaquin County Sheriff ’s Department arrived to the remote scene.
As authorities examined
the plane, Floyd set up a folding chair and lit a cigar.
Ann walked over and handed her husband strips of bacon left over from their breakfast.
“Looks like she saved your bacon,” a CHP officer said.
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