By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
3:25 PM PDT, April 29, 2013
A small plane made an emergency landing at the Westlake Golf Course on Monday afternoon, resulting in non-life-threatening injuries to three people, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.
The Cessna made a belly landing at 2:15 p.m. near the third hole of the golf course. County fire officials and witnesses said the landing gear was still up.
One person complained of back pain and was taken to a hospital.
Aaron Jesse, 47, said he and some friends left work early Monday to fit in an afternoon round of golf when the small plane came in silently and hit the ground with a thud.
"Finally being a bad golfer paid off," Jesse said. "I hit it in the trees to the right. They landed 50 feet to the left of us in the center of the fairway. All we heard was a thud and then he made a gentle bounce and slid down the center of the fairway, veering to the left."
Jesse said the plane clipped a tree, which spun the aircraft around 180 degrees. Jesse marveled that the piloted seemed to land gently -- only taking out four inches of grass and dirt.
News footage from KCAL 9 showed emergency crews treating people at the scene and loading them into ambulances.
Authorities were also responding to a brush fire a couple of miles south of the golf course near Las Virgenes Road. It was unclear whether the fire was related to the emergency plane landing, county fire officials said.
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