The plane went down in a gulley just south of the airport.
Toni McAllister, Patch Staff
FRENCH VALLEY, CA — A small plane crashed Friday morning near French Valley airport, and both of the aircraft’s occupants survived the ordeal.
Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department crews were called to the scene in the 38000 block of Sky Canyon Drive in French Valley at 8:18 a.m., according to agency spokesperson April Newman.
When crews arrived, they found a fixed-wing single-engine plane upside down in a gulley near a creek.
Two people onboard the aircraft climbed out of the wreckage. They were treated at the scene and transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, Newman said.
A debris field was established. No fuel was leaking from the plane but the county’s environmental health team was called, according to Newman.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration registry, the Cessna T210 aircraft is registered to 32Eagle LLC in Orange.
FAA spokesperson Steven Kulm said the plane’s pilot was attempting an emergency landing, but the nature of the emergency was not disclosed.
Air traffic at the airport was underway as of 10 a.m. It’s not immediately clear whether there was a temporary disruption due to the crash.
In addition to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, as well as hazardous materials and environmental health teams were called to the scene.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash cause.
Friday’s incident was the third aircraft mishap reported in the county in less than a week.
On Sunday, a San Jacinto man was killed after crashing his small ultralight vehicle in unincorporated Hemet area.
Then Sunday night in Perris, the pilot of a Sonex small plane was forced to make a hard landing in a dirt field due to a power failure. The aircraft sustained minor damage, according to a preliminary FAA report.
The pilot, who was not injured, was the plane’s sole occupant, the report shows.