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A group of Southern Californians flying from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport toward Southern California escaped serious injury Sunday, July 28, when the engine on their single engine Bonanza airplane failed about 500 feet in the air near Lone Pine and the pilot had to make a crash landing.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, "on Sunday, July 28, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a Southern California pilot, Sohail Simjee, departed from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport in a Bonanza single engine airplane heading southbound to Orange County.
"Due to weather concerns, Simjee landed at the Lone Pine airport, rather than continuing his journey. Shortly after 3 p.m., Simjee attempted to fly out and resume his trip south.
"While ascending to about 500 feet, the engine failed and Simjee had to make an emergency landing in a field just south of S.R. 136.
"The plane was carrying four passengers; all four were transported to Southern Inyo Hospital for minor injuries."