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Pilot, passenger reported safe after plane makes emergency landing in Yolo County

Two people are reported safe after their plane made an emergency landing this evening in a field near Dunnigan.

Lt. Martin Torres of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department said a call was received at 7:28 pm. from Travis Air Force Base reporting that a small plane had made an emergency call. The plane was reported to be about 12 miles northwest of Watts Woodland Airport, a small private airport near Woodland. Travis reported that the plane had disappeared from radar but provided coordinates for the location it was believed to have gone down.

The coordinates put the site near West Sacramento and a search was launched, but when a California Highway Patrol air crew joined in the search, they recognized the coordinates as aviation coordinates, not GPS coordinates, which are different, Torres said. That shifted the search to the Dunnigan area, where the small fixed-wing aircraft was found at 8:41 p.m., he said.

An emergency medical service crew was dispatched to the scene and reported that the pilot and a passenger were uninjured, although one may end up with a black eye, Torres said.

No information was available on where the pilot and passenger were from or where they were going.