Throttle-Control Issue Prompts Small Plane to Make Emergency Landing
According to Santa Barbara Fire Captain Gary Pitney, the accident happened after the plane developed a throttle-control problem while preparing to land at the airport. The pilot then had to cut off the fuel supply to the engine and make a hard landing. The plane landed on the paved over-run area and then ran off before coming to stop about 300 feet from Tecolotito creek.
Pitney also said that the pilot remained in contact with the control tower during the whole time.
Both people aboard remained unharmed, although the plane sustained some minor damage.