Plane Flips in Emergency Landing Near Homes in Eastlake

The plane flipped upside down and the pilot survived the landing

A vintage plane landed upside down near homes and businesses in Eastlake early Friday.

Chula Vista Police and California Highway Patrol officers were called to the corner of Eastlake Parkway and Hunte Parkway just before 7 a.m.

The Stinson biplane flipped upside down and the pilot survived the landing.

The pilot was on his way back to Brown Field when the plane began to have engine failure, according to Chula Vista Fire officials.

He initially attempted to land on State Route 125 and even touched down briefly on the toll road. However, when the engine fired up again, he took off.

As he was flying south, the pilot told officials that he caught the top of hill and flipped over.

He suffered cuts to his hand.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the cause of the emergency landing.

Approximately 15 minutes before the plane was located, the CHP received several reports saying a small plane had landed on SR-125  just south of E H Street.

Emergency crews were sent to the toll road as a precaution but no plane was found.

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