Emergency plane landing in Joshua Tree Monument

News headline from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:

A private pilot made an emergency landing in Joshua Tree Monument on Wednesday afternoon when his plane ran out of gas.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on February 29, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Thermal Station responded to Cottonwood Springs Road, inside Joshua Tree National Monument, to investigate a downed plane.

The investigation revealed that Richard Piccirilly, 64, of Sun City, was flying his single engine Cessna airplane from Sedona, Arizona to Hemet, California, when he ran out of fuel.

Piccirilly was forced to make an emergency landing on Cottonwood Springs Road, causing minor damage to his plane.

Neither Piccirilly nor his passenger, Tina Carroll, 28, of San Diego, was injured.

The FAA was notified and is investigating the incident

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Thursday, March 1, 2012


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