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.
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