Biplane pilot uses fairway as runway in San Diego

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Associated Press

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 10 at 6:07 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — He was using decades-old equipment on a famously tough course, but he hit the center of the fairway.

The pilot of a 1929 biplane with a sputtering engine and two passengers aboard made an emergency landing Tuesday on a fairway at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.

The plane sent stunned golfers scrambling, but it landed smoothly, and no one was injured in the plane or on the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration says investigators examined the single-engine Travel Air 4000 on the course and it wasn't damaged.

The pilot's name was not released, and the owner, Daniels Aviation, couldn't be reached for comment.

Torrey Pines is among the nation's most elite public layouts. The seaside course is a PGA Tour stop and the site of Tiger Woods' 2008 US Open victory.

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