Three Los Angeles-area men walked away unharmed from an emergency landing Wednesday night after their single-engine aircraft lost power and came down in a freshly tilled field north of Camarillo.
"Initially we thought about getting back to Camarillo (Airport), but it was getting risky, so we just picked this field," said George Gonzalez, a passenger in the rented Mooney 201 plane.
Gonzalez and John Casanova of Los Angeles had flown to Oxnard earlier Wednesday with Van Nuys flight instructor Karl Florine. They were on their way back to Van Nuys about 7 p.m. when the engine suddenly cut off, Gonzalez said.
Rather than risk a crash, they made an emergency landing in a field at San Miguel Farms, off Los Angeles Avenue between Mesa School and the Somis Nut House.