High­way 99 plane crash in­jures 1

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Stay Connected - BY JOHN HOL­LAND jhol­[email protected]­bee.com

An air­plane crashed on High­way 99 Fri­day night near Crows Land­ing Road in Modesto, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol.

Tom Olsen, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer with the CHP, said the pi­lot suf­fered mi­nor in­juries and was the sole pas­sen­ger aboard. He said no ve­hi­cles were struck, al­though the plane “did side­swipe some­thing.”

Olsen said his depart­ment re­ceived a may­day call from the pi­lot at 7:48 p.m. He said the plane went down on the high­way near Crows Land­ing Road.

The plane was on fire when the Modesto Fire Depart­ment ar­rived, and fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guished the flames.

The pi­lot, fly­ing a Piper Dakota, was de­scribed as a 59-year-old man from Santa Cruz, Olsen said.

He said the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion has been no­ti­fied.

He said there has been no de­ter­mi­na­tion at this point why the plane crashed.

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