At 10:30 a.m. on July 21, a 79-year-old pilot from Gillespie Field, in his home-built airplane, experienced an engine problem. He realized that he was not going to make it back to Gillespie Field so began a low approach on Highway 67 at Riverford Drive (on the Santee-Lakeside border).
An alert California Highway Patrol officer saw that the pilot was in distress and stopped traffic for him. The pilot made a landing on Highway 67 with no damage to the aircraft or anything on the ground.
This photo shows the plane being removed from Riverford Drive to be taken back to Gillespie Field.