A mid-morning crash at the Oakdale Airport had one confirmed fatality and emergency crews and law enforcement personnel on scene.
The aircraft went down about 10:30 a.m. and had one person on board. Police were in the preliminary stages of the investigation Saturday morning, March 11 and had not yet released the type of aircraft or the identity of the deceased pilot.
Witnesses said they saw the small aircraft approaching the airport from the opposite direction of the normal landing pattern and then it went down. The plane came to rest near a hangar and also caught a nearby pick-up truck on fire.
Alan Alcock of Oakdale was working in his hangar at the airport on Saturday when the incident occurred.
“I saw it take off about an hour before, heard it buzzing around a few times,” he said. “Then all of a sudden I hear this big bang, I thought that was odd, I came out and it was all on fire.”
Oakdale Police, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District units, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department personnel and Oak Valley Ambulance crews were all on scene.
Authorities received multiple 9-1-1 calls of the crash, with a plume of black smoke visible from the city.
The airport is on Laughlin Road, off Sierra, about three miles outside Oakdale.
Type: Quad City Challenger II CWS
C/n / msn: CH2-0199-CW-1838
Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Oakdale Airport (O27), Oakdale, CA - United States of America
Destination airport: Oakdale (O27)
The aircraft, an experimental Seltzer built Challenger II Clipped Wing Special, impacted a stationary vehicle following a hard landing at the Oakdale Airport (O27) in Oakdale, California.
The crash happened in front of the western most hanger on the north side of the runway.
Witnesses say the plane may have experienced engine troubles prior to landing.
The airplane was partially consumed by the post-impact fire and the sole pilot onboard received fatal injuries.
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