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Plane crashes near Hemet-Ryan Airport


Last updated 9/13/2019 at 10:29pm

Two people had to pull themselves out of a small plane that crashed while attempting an emergency landing near Hemet-Ryan Airport, a fire official said Thursday afternoon.

It happened about 3:30 p.m., Hemet Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Kuhlman said.

According to Kuhlman, the plane, which he said had flown out of March Air Reserve Base, began experiencing a mechanical issue while approaching Hemet-Ryan, and the pilot tried to set down in a dirt field southwest of the airport.

The plane was able to stay upright on its landing gear for about 200 feet after it touched down, Kuhlman said, but nose-dived when it reached a section of the field where the soil was particularly soft and ended up on its roof.

One of the plane’s two occupants sustained a laceration to an elbow, but both escaped serious injuries and were able to get out of the plane before firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene. Neither was hospitalized.

Kuhlman initially described the plane as belonging to the U.S. Air Force. March Air Reserve Base spokesperson Linda Welz clarified in an email late Friday that the plane was, in fact, a civilian aircraft registered to the March ARB Aero Club.

An investigation was underway to determine the cause of the accident, Welz said.

10:30 p.m. Friday:This story was updated with additional information from the U.S. Air Force.


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