Police Training Flight Ends in Crash Into Semi-Trailer
Stockton, CA – A single-engine plane being flown by two San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputies was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff, and accidentally crash landed into a semi-trailer.
A spokesperson from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department (SJCSD) said the plane took off from the Stockton Airport around 6:25 p.m. on Thursday.
According to a preliminary investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the single-engine Cessna 206 lost power shortly after departing from the airport.
Attempts to return safely to the Stockton Airport failed, and the deputies were forced to make an emergency landing in a nearby field.
However, SJCSD officials said the plane hit a fence and crash landed into a parked semi-trailer beside the field, which was located just west of the airport.
Brenda Hummel, a security guard who witnessed the accident, told local news outlet CBS13 it was a scary scene.
She said she heard the plane’s engine “sputter,” and moments later, she saw the plane crash into the semi-trailer.
“I was scared,” she said. “I thought it was going to catch fire.”
Hummel said several truck drivers were standing outside of a warehouse, where the semi-trailer was parked in the parking lot, and they all witnessed the plane fly overhead.
Hummel said they were afraid the plane was going to land on top of the warehouse because it was flying so low.
“I think the pilot did an amazing job getting away from buildings and people,” she stated.
The names of the deputies have not been released, but a spokesperson from SJCSD said they were veteran pilots who were on a routine training flight.
Authorities said the deputies were checked out by paramedics at the scene, but suffered only minor injuries.
The plane remains with the nose buried underneath the semi-truck and the plane’s tail suspended into the air overnight, as the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA send in additional people to investigate the crash.
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Photo courtesy San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office