Pilot misses mark, lands on golf range

Pilot misses mark, lands on golf range

Published Jun. 9, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

The pilot of a small plane shanked his landing Saturday morning, missing the runway and ending up wheels down on a nearby golf course's driving range in Concord, Calif.

The pilot, who was the sole occupant, landed the plane about 9:30am local time at the Buchanan Fields Golf Course, roughly 30 miles (48km) northeast of San Francisco, the Contra Costa Times reported.

The plane rolled into the cyclone fence separating the golf course from the Buchanan Field Airport, causing minor damage. The pilot was not injured.

Golfers on the driving range took cover as the plane passed just above their heads.


"I saw that the plane was awfully low, then I saw it got even lower," said club pro Bob Barro, who was giving a lesson at the time. "He actually did a great job to make sure he didn't hit anything. I'm just glad nobody got hurt."

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.