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    CBS12 Chico

    Airplane Crash Landing Sends 2 To Hospital

    An emergency plane landing in Bangor Thursday evening sent two young men to the Enloe Medical Center in Chico.

    According to the Butte County Sheriff's Department two men in their mid-20s were flying an experimental aircraft, meaning it was part of a kit that they built themselves.

    The men left the Davis airport to fly over the Oroville Dam and take some pictures, and were on the way back to the airport when this happened.

    “I saw it coming and he was flying around and i could see him curving and coming this way and then i couldn't see him because he was below the olive trees,” said witness Tammy Cameron.

    Cameron was getting ready to feed her horses when she heard the plane. She said it was very low, and the engine sounded like it wasn't working properly.

    “And then it just got really quiet, and the reason I know that is because I had my windows down, and then I got to the top of the driveway it was just a thump, a dead, silent thump,” she said.

    The plane landed in a field near the edge of her property, and she immediately called 911 and rushed out to the aircraft.

    She said both men were conscious, but were bleeding pretty bad and in shock.

    They began trying to pry open the cockpit, but it wasn't budging.

    “So I just kind of wedged my foot on the front of the plane the best I could. I pushed, they pulled, and we got it open and they got out of there as quick as they could,” said Cameron.

    Cameron said no one besides her saw or heard this happen, and had she not been there they probably would have passed out.

    The two men were taken to the Enloe Medical Center in Chico with moderate injuries. The pilot, who was from Ohio, by ground, and the passenger, from Florida, in a helicopter.

    The FAA as well as the NTSB are investigating what happened.



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