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Plane Overshoots Concord Landing Strip, Lands Safely On Golf Course

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Golfers look at small plane after the pilot overshot the runway at Concord's Buchanan Field Airport, and landed safely near the green.

Golfers look at small plane after the pilot overshot the runway at Concord’s Buchanan Field Airport, and landed safely near the green.

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CONCORD (KCBS/BCN)— The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office said a pilot attempting to land a plane Saturday morning at Buchanan Field Airport in Concord overshot the runaway and landed on a golf course.

At about 9:35 a.m. authorities said the plane landed next to the golf course on a grassy section that is part of airport property.

The plane was a Cessna 172. It came in low over the club house at Buchanan Fields Golf Course and landed relatively smoothly around the 100 yard mark.

Bob Barrow was giving a golf lesson at the time.

“I saw the plane coming in. It just missed two palm trees over on the left. A lot of times I see planes come in they’ll do like a touch and go, but when I looked up the second time propeller wasn’t moving. I knew there was trouble,” Barrow said.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

The plane reportedly belongs to a flight training school at nearby Buchanan Field Airport, but school officials would not comment on the incident.

Investigators said the pilot lost power over Walnut Creek and was attempting to return to the airport, but came a few hundred yards short. The pilot was able to walk away.

There are no reports of injuries according to the sheriff’s office who added the National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation of the incident.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report)

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