Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Pilot Walks Away from Garberville Plane Crash

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 10:20 AM

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A 1970s era low-wing Cessna plane crashed near the 1800 block of Sprowel Creek Road in Garberville on Sunday afternoon.

The pilot, a 48-year-old Garberville man, was reportedly practicing taking off and landing unaccompanied at the Garberville airport. According to the man, the plane engine reportedly lost power causing it to crash into the redwoods. After the crash, the man walked up a bluff to Sprowl Creek Road, where a driver transported him to the hospital. He was later transported to an out-of-area hospital for further treatment and is in critical condition.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) are investigating the incident.

Read the full Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release below:

On May 26, 2019, at about 6 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Jerold Phelps Hospital in Garberville for the report of a plane crash survivor.

Upon further investigation, deputies learned that the survivor, a 48-year-old Garberville man, had been practicing taking off and landing alone in his 1970’s era low-wing Cessna plane at the Garberville Airport. According to the man, the plane’s engine reportedly lost power, causing it to crash into trees. The man was able to walk up a bluff to Sprowl Creek Road, where a passerby then picked him up and transported him to the hospital.

The man was later transported to an out of area hospital in critical condition for further treatment.

On May 27, at about 7:35 a.m., deputies located the plane in a thicket of trees near the 1800 block of Sprowel Creek Road.

This incident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO).

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