Plane Departs Lancaster's Fox Field, Makes Emergency Landing in Desert

Pilot not injured, according to preliminary report

A pilot departing from a Lancaster airfield was able to safely make an emergency landing in the desert after his plane experienced engine problems, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The incident happened shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday at the General William J. Fox Airfield, located at 4555 West Avenue G (map), according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

"A Piper PA 32, tail number N308DF, departed from Fox Field around 8:50 a.m.," according to a statement from Ian Gregor of the FAA.

"Shortly after departing, the pilot reported engine problems. The pilot then made a forced landing in the desert," according to Gregor.

The pilot was the only person onboard and was not injured, according to a preliminary report.

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