SAN TAN VALLEY — A small plane made an emergency landing in northern Pinal County Wednesday morning.
Officials said around 8 a.m. a single-engine Extra Flugzeugbau EA300 crash-landed near Germann and Ironwood roads, about 3 miles east of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. It appears the engine was not running at the time of the emergency landing based on the appearance of the propeller.
“A single-engine EA300 made a precautionary off-airport landing for unknown reasons three miles east of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport,” said Ian Gregor, communications manager with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Pacific Division. “The pilot reported engine issues before landing.”
The two people on the plane were not injured when the aircraft was forced to do a belly landing in the desert, according to Gregor.
The Extra EA-300 is an aerobatic monoplane that is made in Germany by Extra Flugzeugbau and was originally designed in 1988. It is a two-seat plane.
The plane has a welded steel tube fuselage covered in aluminum and fabric. The mid-set wing has a carbon fiber composite spar and carbon composite skins. The landing gear is fixed taildragger style with composite main legs and fiberglass wheel pants.
The standard engine on an EA-300 is a fuel-injected Lycoming AEIO-540, which produces 300 horsepower.
The FAA is investigating the crash.