Man crash-lands small plane in California vineyard unharmed

April 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM
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SANTA ROSA, Calif., April 21 (UPI) -- A California pilot managed to crash-land his plane in a Sonoma County vineyard and walk away unharmed Saturday, fire officials said.

Patrick Bell, 67, father of Indy car race driver Townsend Bell, was flying his Stearman Biplane, constructed in 1947, when he discovered the plane was no longer capable of accelerating. After circling several times over an unincorporated portion of Bennetts Valley, Bell landed the plane -- upside down -- in a vineyard, destroying about 20 plants, the San Francisco Chronicle said.

A local fire official said Bell refused medical treatment after the crash and went home.

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