Pilot makes emergency landing near El Cajon

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BOSTONIA (CNS) – The pilot of a light airplane that apparently ran out of fuel while on approach to Gillespie Field made a safe emergency landing Friday afternoon in a playground at an elementary school just east of the airport.

The Piper J3C-65 landed on a playing field at W. D. Hall Elementary School in the 1300 block of Pepper Drive shortly before 4 p.m. according to sheriff’s officials and Federal Aviation Administration.

No children were on the campus at the time of the landing and no injuries were reported.

The pilot, Charles Wells, told investigators he had to make the emergency landing because his plane out of fuel, according to the FAA.

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