Small plane crashes in Patterson field

local@modbee.comNovember 6, 2012 

— A small plane went down southeast of Patterson on Tuesday morning, authorities said. The pilot suffered a minor injury, and her passenger was not hurt.

The small Cessna landed upside down in a field on the southeast corner of Almond and Elm avenues. The plane flew out of Modesto, according to authorities.

When deputies arrived, the female pilot and male passenger were out of the plane and walking around. The pilot said they were out taking photographs of land west of Almond Avenue when they lost throttle control and began to look for an open field for an emergency landing.

When she landed the plane in the open alfalfa field, the front wheel hit a hole, flipping the airplane. They got out of the plane and notified the Modesto Airport flight tower that they had gone down.

The pilot was treated by paramedics at the scene over a complaint of leg pain. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department notified the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, which will conduct an independent review of the accident.



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