By Elias Funez

A plane with a faulty braking system sent an airplane and its two occupants over the end of the runway at the Nevada County Airport Friday afternoon. 

Both the pilot and the passenger were conscious and able to walk away from the wreckage with minor injuries and were taken by ambulance as a precaution.

Reports of a plane that had gone off of the end of the runway came in at 1:33 p.m., according to Nevada County Sheriff’s Sergeant Rusty Green.

The aircraft had taken off earlier in the day from the Nevada County Airport and was returning to the runway when the incident occurred.

The plane — a 1989 Nanchang CJ-6 — is a Chinese-built aircraft that was introduced in 1958 and was used primarily as a trainer.

Due to the plane’s relatively low price and sturdy construction it is a popular aircraft among hobbyists. The plane’s braking system is powered by pneumatics, which may have failed during Friday’s crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the crash and must first give its clearance before the wreckage can be extracted, potentially with the help of a crane.