Small Aircraft With 2 on Board Crashes at Airport in Watsonville - NBC Bay Area

Small Aircraft With 2 on Board Crashes at Airport in Watsonville

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    Small Plane Crashes at Airport in Watsonville

    Two people were injured after a plane crashed west of Watsonville early Saturday morning. Battalion Chief from CalFire’s Santa Cruz said the female pilot was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019)

    Two people were injured after a small plane crashed at an airport just west of Watsonville on Saturday morning.

    They were onboard a single-engine, two-seat Bellanca Citabria when it crashed "under unknown circumstances" during an attempt to land at Monterey Bay Academy Airport around, according to the Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Ian Gregor.

    Battalion Chief Mike Harris with CalFire's Santa Cruz unit said a female pilot and her male passenger were airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

    Harris said the plane's nose and left side were damaged when it ended on the runway next to a farm field. Firefighters cut off the right wing while trying to pull the pilot and passenger from the fuselage.

    The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident, Gregor said.

    No other information was immediately available.