Sin­gle-en­gine plane crash-lands near Los Banos air­port

The Modesto Bee - - Local - BY AN­DREW KUHN [email protected]­ced­

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.

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