Unreported plane crash in San Joaquin County sparks investigation

Legal news for California aviation accident attorneys. A small plane crash went unreported, FAA now investigating.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating an unreported crop duster plane crash near Byron, CA.

Byron, CA—An unreported plane crash prompted an investigation by the Contra Costa and San Joaquin sheriffs departments. The small plane reportedly crashed on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 on Union Island south of Highway 4, on the east side of Old River, as reported by KTVU.

A private pilot reportedly alerted air traffic controllers just after 5:00 p.m., that he spotted a small Schweizer G-164B plane upside down in a marsh near Byron. The crop duster plane apparently crashed into a San Joaquin County tomato field. The pilot, and only occupant, didn’t sustain any serious injuries and was able to walk away from the wreckage. San Joaquin investigators stated that they were aware that the plane went down at 1:30 p.m., on Tuesday, even though it wasn’t reported until today. Officials have since spoken to the pilot and the owner of the plane, in which they said they were going to recover the wreckage, but the area was too muddy and weren’t able to reach it. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) http://www.faa.gov/ has been alerted of the plane crash by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. Piolts are required by federal regulations to immediately report a crash to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) http://www.ntsb.gov/, and the FAA.

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