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Ojai Man Crash-Lands Airplane

By Logan Hall

Balboa Middle School in Ventura had an exciting evening during some after-school activities last Thursday when 18-year-old Ojai resident Evan Byrne crash-landed his 1949 Piper Cub airplane on the school’s soccer field, according to officials.
Byrne was reportedly heading from Lompoc to Santa Paula when he attempted to switch fuel tanks and started to lose engine power. It was then that he was able to find a clear place to land in the field behind the school officials said. Initial reports indicated that 60 to 80 children were nearby involved in various activities.
“Any time an aircraft comes down in an area like that and no one gets hurt, it’s a really good thing.” said the City of Ventura Fire Department Fire Marshal Brian Clark.
The Piper Cub is a lightweight, single-engine aircraft which has a stout profile and yellow paint scheme that are renowned in the aviation community. Many pilots love the cub for its simplicity, affordability and its safety record. “The Piper Cub is probably one of most well-known planes in the nation,” said Experimental Aircraft Association spokesman Dick Knapinski. “It’s known as a very safe and easy-to-fly airplane.”
Although Byrne’s cub reportedly lost engine power, he was still able to safely glide onto the field where the small plane came to rest after spinning 180 degrees in what pilots call a ground loop. “Most people think that when an airplane loses power it will drop instantly from sky,” added Knapinski who is also an avid pilot. “That’s not the case. Airplanes like the cub are very effective gliders, and pilots are

Balboa Middle School in Ventura had an exciting evening during some after-school activities last Thursday when 18-year-old Ojai resident Evan Byrne crash-landed his 1949 Piper Cub airplane on the school’s soccer field, according to officials. Byrne was reportedly heading from Lompoc to Santa Paula when he attempted to switch fuel tanks and started to lose engine power. It was then that he was able to find a clear place to land in the field behind the school officials said. Initial reports indicated that 60 to 80 children were nearby

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