Two men injured in a small airplane crash in Calaveras County were listed in stable condition in a Modesto hospital on Friday.
The two, along with a dog, were in a 1981 Cessna fixed-wing single engine aircraft when it crashed Thursday afternoon between the communities of Valley Springs and Copperopolis.
The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital and also is in stable condition.
Sheriff’s deputies and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the 10000 block of Hogan Dam Road regarding a report of a plane crash at an airstrip on private property.
When deputies arrived, they found that the occupants had managed to get out of the plane and were being treated by emergency crews at the scene. A witness reported seeing the plane flying low and believed it might have clipped a tree near the end of the runway, according to a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The pilot was identified as 72-year-old Robert Pina, of Lake Camanche, and his passenger as 75-year-old Richard Campbell, of Pine Grove. Both were transported to hospitals by air ambulance helicopter, the news release said.
The Sheriff’s Office said it was not known whether the plane was taking off or landing at the time of the crash.
Sheriff’s deputies provided overnight security at the crash site on behalf of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is conducting the investigation into crash.
The cause of the crash has not been determined.