A 66-year-old man was injured Friday afternoon after his plane experienced engine throttle problems and veered off the runway on a private airstrip in Coalinga.
The California Highway Patrol initially reported that the Hanford man was forced to crash-land near Oakland and Sonoma avenues, 40 miles southwest of Fresno.
Around 4:09 p.m., the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said, the pilot was trying to take off in a BE200 plane when it experienced mechanical problems and came to rest 200 feet off the runway.
The man told authorities he had pain to his ribs and was treated by paramedics. He was later released at the scene.
The investigation is being handled by the National Transportation Safety Board.