Aussie Pilot Crashes in Hollister

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010  |  Updated 12:30 PM PDT
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Aussie Pilot Crashes in Hollister

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An Australian pilot was able to walk away from a plane crash in Hollister Tuesday morning.
 
The crash or hard landing happened just before 7 a.m. off of Highway 25.
 
A witness said she noticed the small plane  seemed to be struggling as it tried to take off and then suddenly fell to the ground.
 
That woman said she watched the pilot get out of the cockpit and walk away apparently unharmed.

The plane appeared to have lot of damage as it sat crumpled in a field just north of the Hollister airport.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration  said the twin-engine plane lost partial engine power immediately after taking off from the airport and crashed in a field 100 yards northwest of the airfield.

The Piper Comanche was registered in Australia and was headed to Kona, Hawaii.

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