The plane on the elementary school ground. Image from Fox5 broadcast

The pilot of a light airplane made a safe emergency landing Friday afternoon in the grass behind W.D. Hall Elementary School, sheriff’s officials said.

The Piper J3C-65 apparently ran out of fuel while on approach to Gillespie Field, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The aircraft came down shortly before 4 p.m. in the 1300 block of Pepper Drive in the unincorporated Bostonia area, north of El Cajon.

Witnesses reported that the pilot was able to get out of the plane following the landing, Lt. William Amavisca said.

No injuries were reported.

Updated at 9:08 p.m. Oct. 23, 2020

— City News Service

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