Code one thousand.  What?  Among the duties we have at the Press Democrat is to listen to police and fire dispatches on scanners while going about our daily tasks.  When a code 1,000 toned out last Thursday some of us in photo uttered a collective “Huh?” Turns out that several reporters know what the code stands for; which is a call for airplane down.  The last couple of plane accidents I’ve covered have been minor injuries only.  Whats’s the old saying?  Any landing you walk away from is a good landing.

The passenger of a small plane wipes his brow as he talks on the phone as the pilot gives information to the Sonoma County Sheriff after the single engine plane they were flying lost power and made an emergency landing in a field outside Healdsburg on Thursday August 30, 2012. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

A single engine plane made an emergency landing in a field outside Healdsburg on Thursday August 30, 2012. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

-Kent Porter