Pilot makes emergency landing at Sandia Labs field

Briefly detained by Sandia security, then released

Livermore field Sunday afternoon was briefly detained by security at Sandia National

Laboratories but was later released, a laboratory spokesman said today.

The pilot of a single-engine Piper J3 had the plane's engine fail at about 3:30 p.m. and landed in a field on the Sandia campus, located at

7011 East Ave., about 5 miles east of the Livermore Municipal Airport, Sandia

spokesman Mike Janes said today.

Sandia -- a national security laboratory -- keeps tight security and the pilot was pulled away from the plane by armed guards, Janes said.

The pilot was interviewed by the laboratory security and then turned over to Livermore police, but his story checked out and he was released, Janes said.

The plane is registered to Yuba City resident John Cabigas, according to FAA records. No one was injured in the landing.

It was the second time that a small plane made an emergency landing in the area in the past month.

A two-seat Cessna 152 landed in a field nearby on April 15, but that plane did not land on the Sandia campus.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service


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