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Pilot, daughter safe after plane hits Hesperia home

A plane struck the chimney on a vacant home, ran out of airspeed and landed in Hesperia on Monday, July 8, 2013. The pilot was able to walk away from the crash with only a minor injury.

July 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A pilot and his daughter have an amazing story to tell after their small plane hit a home in Hesperia.

The crash happened Monday night in the 7100 block of Amanda Way. The pilot was headed back home to Temecula when he believes the plane's fuel pump went out.

He was trying to make an emergency landing at the Hesperia Airport but clipped the chimney on a vacant home, as the single-engine Cessna ran out of air speed.

Pilot Jim Neeley says an article he read recently in a flying magazine helped him out.

"Even when I gave it a pump, it would make power for maybe a second. It would make about 25 percent power for a second," said Neeley. "Every time I pumped, I got power, and that's exactly what the article said. I'm so glad that I read it."

Both Neeley and his daughter are OK. He walked away with a small scratch on his nose. His daughter wasn't hurt.