by MICHAEL PATTERSON

DINSMORE, Calif. — The following is a press release with an update from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office:

On July 15, 2021, at about 11:54 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Dinsmore Airport for the report of a small aircraft accident.

According to the reporting party, the aircraft, a fixed wing single engine plane, crashed near the airport and subsequently caught on fire. Fire personnel responded to the scene and extinguished the fire, preventing spread into the nearby wooded area.

No survivors have been located as of Thursday afternoon. Multiple fatalities are believed to have occurred, however, due to the state of the wreckage and continued investigation, the number of victims cannot be confirmed at this time.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is working in partnership with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate this incident. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, CAL FIRE, US Forest Service, California Highway Patrol, Cal Trans, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration for their assistance and collaborative response.

More information related to this investigation will be released when available and appropriate.

ORIGINAL:

Multiple people are believed to be dead after a plane crashed near the Dinsmore Airport on Thursday, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

The HCSO says it received reports just before noon that deputies were responding to the airport for reports of a small airplane crash.

In an update this afternoon, the sheriff’s office said no survivors had been located and, “multiple fatalities are believed to have occurred.” However, due to the wreckage, the HCSO says it is unable to confirm the number of victims in the crash at this time.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are currently investigating the crash.

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