Biplane makes emergency landing on golf course

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SAN DIEGO — The pilot of a biplane with engine trouble made a smooth, safe emergency landing Tuesday at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

TBiplane Lands at Torrey Pineshe Travel Air 4000 touched down on a northern green at the ocean-front municipal golf course about 11:30 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

“None of the three people on board was injured, and there was no damage to the aircraft,” FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The plane is owned by Daniels Aviation Inc., which is based at Montgomery Field airport in Serra Mesa, according to registration records.

Workers at the golf course towed the disabled plane out of the way of golfers with a Bobcat tractor.

The 1929 Traveler 4000 suffered a loss of power and pilot Bill Ogelsby found the safest place to put it down.

” You always have to be aware of where you may have to make an emergency landing and Torrey Pines golf course was they best,” said Ogelsby.

“I have been flying this plane for 20 years and I wanted to make sure everyone got home safely… We practice emergency landings all the time so I’ve gotten good a putting the plane down where ever I want to.

“The owner of the plane Travis Daniel was thrilled with his pilots level headed decision. “And I’d like to note that these planes were originally built to land on grass,” said Daniels.