Single-engine plane crash-lands near Los Banos airport
A San Jose man escaped injury after his plane crash-landed at Los Banos Airport in Merced County on Thursday, according to authorities.
Los Banos Police and fire responded to the airport about 12:36 p.m., after a licensed pilot out of San Jose experienced a power failure and crashlanded a single-engine airplane, according to Cmdr. Ray Reyna.
Reyna said the pilot narrowly missed trees south of Highway 152 as he approached the runway. The airplane’s front landing gear struck a fence bordering the south side of the airport and landed in a grass area, sliding several hundred feet before coming to a rest short of the runway, Reyna said.
Authorities said no other aircraft were involved in the crash and the plane had no other passengers on board.
Los Banos Police have been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board after the crash. Reyna said police received authorization from the NTSB to move the plane and store it until NTSB personnel can inspect the plane and speak with the pilot.
The airport and runway closed for one to two hours while police and fire responded to the scene. Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor in the crash, according to police.
Los Banos Police say a San Jose pilot in a single-engine plane reported experiencing a power failure when he crash-landed at the Los Banos Airport on Thursday. The pilot was not injured according to authorities.