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Emergency landing on Vandenberg runway

Release Number: 020813

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – A Cessna 206 is parked near the Vandenberg runway after performing an emergency landing here at 4:20 p.m. August 16, 2013. The aircraft landed safely after it experienced engine failure. The Cessna is part of Sky Dive Santa Barbara, which operates out of the Lompoc Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Yvonne Morales)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – A Cessna 206 is parked near the Vandenberg runway after performing an emergency landing here at 4:20 p.m. August 16, 2013. The aircraft landed safely after it experienced engine failure. The Cessna is part of Sky Dive Santa Barbara, which operates out of the Lompoc Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Yvonne Morales)


Vandenberg's Airfield Operations team supported an emergency landing of a Cessna 206 on the runway here Thursday at 4:20 p.m.

According to the report, four local residents were on board when the aircraft landed. One crew member jumped out of the aircraft around 2,000 feet, pulled his reserve chute, and landed safely near the airfield here.

"A base member saw the parachutist land near the airfield," said Lt. Col. Dieter Haney, Operations Support Squadron commander. "He did the right thing, followed standard protocol, and turned the individual over to the Security Forces."

According to Anthony Galvan, transient alert and maintenance member for United Paradyne here, this is not the first time this aircraft had an emergency landing on Vandenberg's runway.

"This is the second time that this same aircraft has landed here," said Galvan. "A few years ago it called in for an emergency landing for the same issue; a blown engine."

According to Galvan, the pilot managed to provide a safe, smooth, yet unpowered landing.

The 30th Space Wing emergency response team reported no injuries or any damage to the runway.

The aircraft is part of Sky Dive Santa Barbara and typically operates out of the Lompoc Airfield. Members from the Lompoc Airfield are scheduled to disassemble the Cessna and transport the aircraft off base early next week.

Vandenberg's Air Traffic Control team received the 2012 United States Air Force Air Traffic Control Facility of the Year.


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