One person died in a plane crash near the Porterville Municipal Airport, said Bryan Cogburn, Porterville Fire Department deputy chief.
The plane was a single-passenger aircraft and only the pilot was on board, according to officials. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff.
The victim’s name and age are unknown.
“The airport manager is in the process of gathering all that information,” Cogburn said.
A plane crashed into a field near Porterville Airport. It engulfed in flames after hitting the ground.
The call came in as an “aircraft emergency” just after 12:30 p.m. on Monday. The crash was reported at Scranton Avenue and Westwood Street, near Forest Service Headquarters and Porterville Municipal Airport.
When the incident was reported, witnesses said the plane was “fully engulfed” in flames. Porterville firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames.
The plane was badly damaged in the crash, however, details surrounding the crash are unclear.
Firefighters and police are at the scene investigating the incident. The airport will be closed for at least the next 12 hours.