A flight school instructor and his two students walked away without any injuries Thursday after their small plane went down just north of the Redding Municipal Airport, went across a field and hit a chain-link fence.
Dispatchers reported a possible crash just before 9:30 a.m.
The single-engine plane appeared mostly intact after it ran into the fence.
The plane just missed a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection aircraft on the ground, Gray said.
It’s unclear what actually caused the crash, which is being being investigated.
The plane is owned by IASCO Flight Training, according to Federal Aviation Administration records and emergency personnel at the scene.
Redding Fire Capt. Lance Beatty, who declined to identify the flight instructor and the two students involved in the mishap, said he was told the plane’s engine was not running when it apparently landed on a dirt pathway in a field just west of the runway .
“It came in cold,” he said.
IASCO Flight Training issued a statement about the incident Thursday afternoon, saying they are working with authorities to determine what happened.
“We at IASCO Flight Training value the safety of our students and our instructors,” the statement read. “Today one of our aircraft with a flight instructor and two students on board experienced mechanical problems that led to an off-runway landing.”
“Their timely actions and adherence to correct procedures prevented any injuries,” it said. “IASCO Flight Training always put safety as its top priority. Our comprehensive training and experienced flight instructors are equipped to deal with these type of unfortunate situations. We are working with authorities to investigate this incident and to maintain our safety standards at all times.”