A single-engine plane was damaged after a student pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on a dirt road in East Palo Alto this morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the student and an instructor were on the Beechcraft Musketeer, practicing “touch-and-goes” at the airport when the engine failed.
After the pair made a forced landing about two miles west of Palo Alto Airport at 9:47 a.m., the plane’s left wing clipped a tree, Gregor said. He said there was “substantial damage” to the plane but neither passenger, both males, was injured.
Touch-and-goes, used to practice landings, are where a pilot lands, continues rolling and takes off again without stopping.
An FAA investigation is ongoing.