Update: Cargo plane makes emergency landing in field.
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The pilot of the Cessna 208 Caravan looks over the airplane with a Tracy police office and firefighter after making an emergency landing in a muddy field next to Corral Hollow Road Thursday morning when the airplane’s engine quit.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
The pilot of the Cessna 208 Caravan looks over the airplane with a Tracy police office and firefighter after making an emergency landing in a muddy field next to Corral Hollow Road Thursday morning when the airplane’s engine quit. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A FedEx Cessna 208 Caravan cargo airplane sits in a muddy field next to Corral Hollow Road Thursday morning after the pilot made an emergency landing when the airplane’s engine quit.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
A FedEx Cessna 208 Caravan cargo airplane sits in a muddy field next to Corral Hollow Road Thursday morning after the pilot made an emergency landing when the airplane’s engine quit. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A FedEx cargo plane made an emergency landing in empty field off Corral Hollow Road on Thursday morning.

Tracy Police Department Cpl. Dan Pasquale said the Cessna 208 Caravan airplane was flying from Oakland to Visalia when the pilot, an unidentified woman, declared an emergency at about 8:45 a.m. because of engine trouble.

Ian Gregor, FAA Pacific Division public affairs manager, said in a statement that the airplane, owned by a company that contracts with FedEx, developed engine trouble at 8,000 feet while it was 4 miles outside Tracy and was trying to land at the airport.

Pasquale said that when the engine quit, the pilot glided the airplane down, under a set of high power lines on Linne Road. It touched down in a muddy field on the southwest corner of the Corral Hollow-Linne intersection, about a half-mile west northwest of the airport.

The plane stopped upright on its wheels about 200 yards from Linne Road.

Gregor was said the pilot was the only person onboard and was uninjured in the landing.

Nearby Corral Hollow Road was briefly closed while emergency crews checked the airplane.

Airport coordinator Bruce Ludeman said FedEx crews emptied the cargo from the airplane before it was moved from the field.

Just before 3 p.m., the engine was started and the airplane was able to taxi through the field, across Corral Hollow Road and to an airport runway, after about 60 feet of fencing was taken down.

Gregor said the FAA will investigate the incident.

Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.

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Ornley_Gumfudgen
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February 09, 2014
Havin a little experience with aircraft of this size, I am wonderin why th pilot at 8,000 feet couldn't make it to an airport four miles away. Th glide slope ratio should have allowed non-powered flight ta make it so th airport. Perhaps a headwind make that impossible. Given thair's so much vacant fields in that four mile area whether a housin development was close by or not, when complainin about th proposed Ellis development is totally besides th point an really a non-issue. Glad th pilot an aircraft make it through th landin.
behonestguys
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February 09, 2014
I can see your point Ornley since it is my understanding you had experience in the field of air traffic controlling when you were in the military.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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February 09, 2014
Not quite true but close. I never did air traffic control work but rather worked more specifically on th technologies that made air traffic control work possible. Havin spent a lot of time observin many types of aircraft under many different flyin conditions thangs like th glide slope to decent ration for various types of aircraft come to mind.

Jet aircraft tend ta fly more like rocks when unpowered. But even they have a glide ratio to allow pilots to decide whether or not they can make th end of th runway unpowered. In fact, if memory serves me correctly, a dead stick landin is one thang all pilots are required to be able to do in order to secure their pilot's license.

But no, I don't want people ta thank that I actually did air traffic control work. Just around many of those who did for long periods of time. If yer are observant ya can really learn a lot of thangs. That knowledge then can come inta play as ya evaluate thangs going on in th world around ya.

But I did once fly, as a passenger, in the side seat of a two engine Piper. Th flight was from Hayward CA ta Redding CA. We got up ta about 9,000 feet whair th pilot essentially shut down th engine, feathered it actually so it wasn't pullin th aircraft along, an basically started a long slow glide from over Red Bluff CA to Redding. That was an aircraft very similar in nature to the one depicted in th photo so I was left ta wonder how th pilot couldn't make a runway four miles away from an altitude of 8,000 feet with no power. But I wasn't there so I don't know what other things were happening at the moment he committed himself to touch down in the field.

In partin, my experience in and around air traffic control centers dealt with military, commercial and private aviation but no, I was not a controller.
DunkMan
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February 13, 2014
Ornley - during the blitz of responses to the Churchill story, your comment in regards to the FedEx emergency landing was quickly buried.

The FedEx pilot was not able to glide to the airport for a number of reasons and none of these reasons were mentioned by the TP. I flew into Tracy that morning, and while landing on runway 08 (the same runway the FedEx pilot was aiming for) I experienced very strong and gusty headwinds (at all altitudes), and some pretty aggressive downdrafts while on short-final for runway 08. Simply stated, I had to power my way to the runway rather than simply glide my way to the runway as usual. The other problem the FedEx pilot had was the fact that it was NOT AN ENGINE PROBLEM that she experienced, it was THE PROPELLOR that failed, and when it failed, she was unable to feather it (which reduces drag and would have extended the distance she could have glided. When her prop failed, it went into a flat pitch position which resulted in the prop becoming a big speed brake that greatly reduced her gliding range.

Steve
behonestguys
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February 07, 2014
And Ives. Maciel and Manne wanted to let Surland build homes within the outer approach departure safety zone to the airport, which is where the Fed Ex cargo plane wound up landing? Glad there were a few people who had the sense and courage to get the Feds, State and County involved to put a stop to this nonsense. With all the turmoil going on these days at City Hall, might be a good time to sweep Mike and Charlie out of office later this year on Voting Day and put some people in that aren't part of the Ives Machine to do the right thing.
sumpthiscom
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February 07, 2014
Is the preflight procedure flawed?

Can undetectable water hide in the fuel tank?

Can a pilot preform a proper preflight and not see any water in his sump cup?

http://www.sumpthis.com/ntsbpetition/petition07262001tontsb.htm
klv
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February 06, 2014
Isn't this the area slated for Ellis Development?

Chock-full of houses.

Nice landing though...

"Honey!!" "Your package arrived."

"Wow!" "That was quick."
C3TJ
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February 07, 2014
Exactly. I'm sure we'll hear from the city council that there's nothing to see here...
ourgang
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February 06, 2014
Did this happen Thursday morning or will it happen Friday morning? Maybe it happened last Friday morning. It would be nice to find out.
ourgang
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February 06, 2014
The story when it first came out had a typo stating it happen on Friday morning. It has since been corrected.,


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