• Female pilot and male passenger were ‘seriously injured’ in crash on Saturday
  • Authorities said the incident happened around 10.40am during a landing  
  • Firefighters had to cut off right wing to pull pilot and passenger from fuselage
  • Victims were airlifted to a local hospital; their identities haven’t been released 
  • It wasn’t immediately know what caused the crash; the NTSB will investigate


Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries after a small plane crashed into a field at Monterey Bay Academy Airport. 

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the single-engine Bellanca Citabria crashed around 10.40am Saturday while attempting to land at the airport.

Firefighters had to cut off the right wing of the plane in order to pull the female pilot and her male passenger from the fuselage.

Harris said the plane’s nose and left side were damaged when it ended on the runway next to a farm field.

Battalion Chief Mike Harris with CalFire’s Santa Cruz unit said the pilot and passenger were airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

Their identities have not been released.

FAA records show that the plane, with tail number N11666, is registered in Aptos, California.

The plane is believed to belong to Eva Twardokens, a former Olympic skier.

Twardokens is an avid aviator who shared a photo of the same plane parked at the Watsonville Municipal Airport on her Instagram page last month.

The light, single-engine Citabria plane entered production in the United States in 1964. 

When it was introduced, it was the only airplane being commercially produced in the US which was certified for aerobatics.

Videos on Twardokens’ Instagram page show her performing aerobatics in what is believed to be the same plane that crashed on Saturday.

It wasn’t immediately know what caused the crash.

The National Transportation and Safety Board are investigating the incident.