About 11:13 a.m., a plane crashed into the Fay Slough north of Eureka about 1/4 mile east of the runway of Murray Field where it is believed to have taken off.
Reports over the scanner indicate that one person is injured but that has not been confirmed.
One witness is trying to direct first responders to the scene. The first responder arriving on scene said over the scanner that it is a fixed wing aircraft “red in color.”
Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.
UPDATE 11:43 a.m.: Our reporter, Mark McKenna is at the scene and sent us this photo of first responders arriving at the scene and suiting up.
UPDATE 11:47 a.m.: The patient has minor injuries and is being transported out of the accident scene in a Fish and Wildlife vehicle.
UPDATE 12:15 p.m.: Photos from Brittany Powell, spokesperson for the Eureka Police Department.
Press release from Humboldt Bay Fire:
On March 19th, 2020 at 11:14AM, Humboldt Bay Fire was dispatched to report of a plane crash in the area of Murray Field. Crews responded and attempted to make access through the rear of Harper Motors before successfully accessing the scene through the gate to the Faye Slough Wildlife area.
Two engine companies, Fish & Wildlife, and multiple Law Enforcement units from Eureka Police Department accessed the site of the crash approximately 3,000 feet from the runway. Crews found one patient, the pilot of the Ultra [Lite] one-seater, outside of the plane appearing largely uninjured. A Humboldt Bay Fire paramedic crossed the slough and assisted the patient back across the slough to awaiting HBF personnel who provided medical evaluation. The patient was transported to City Ambulance at the mouth of the Wildlife Area Access point, where he was evaluated further.
HBF would like to thank Eureka Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Airport Personnel, and City Ambulance for their partnership on scene.
HBF would like to take this opportunity to remind operators of all vehicles the importance of wearing a restraining device such as the 5-point harness that aided in the safety of the patient in this case.