Pilot lands plane in riverbed after engine failure

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A small plane went down near 115th Avenue and Camelback road late Friday morning. By Jennifer Thomas A small plane went down near 115th Avenue and Camelback road late Friday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
A small plane went down near 115th Avenue and Camelback road late Friday morning. By Jennifer Thomas A small plane went down near 115th Avenue and Camelback road late Friday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
A small plane went down near 115th Avenue and Camelback road late Friday morning. By Jennifer Thomas A small plane went down near 115th Avenue and Camelback road late Friday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
A small plane went down near 115th Avenue and Camelback road late Friday morning. By Jennifer Thomas A small plane went down near 115th Avenue and Camelback road late Friday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
A small plane went down near 115th Avenue and Camelback road late Friday morning. By Jennifer Thomas A small plane went down near 115th Avenue and Camelback road late Friday morning. By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE  -- A small plane went down near 115th Avenue and Camelback Road late Friday morning.

The 35-year-old pilot was headed south from the Glendale Municipal Airport when his experimental plane had engine failure at 300 to 400 feet.

He decided to land in a riverbed, about a mile from the airport.

According to Elio Pompa, deputy chief of the Glendale Fire Department, he touched down, bounced and then hit a large berm, which actually prevented him from going onto Camelback Road.

Officer Luis Samudio with the Phoenix Police Department  said the pilot received a cut above his left eye and on his left hand as well as a few bumps and bruises.

The pilot refused medical attention at the scene but was later taken to a local hospital by a friend.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Phoenix Police Department are investigating.