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Plane crashes in western Fresno County; five on board, one ends up hurt

A photo from CalFire shows the plane that crashed near Firebaugh.
A photo from CalFire shows the plane that crashed near Firebaugh.

A plane with five people on board crashed in western Fresno County on Monday with one person injured, Fresno County Fire Protection District reported.

The pilot was forced to land the plane in a dirt field in the 38000 block of Nees Avenue, near Firebaugh, after the windshield flew off at 20,000 feet, said Capt. Jeremiah Wittwer.

The pilot then attempted to land at a Firebaugh air strip used by crop dusters, but when the landing gear failed to deploy, the pilot was forced to land in the dirt field, Wittwer said.

The injured person taken to a hospital was conscious with minor injuries, Wittwer said.

The plane was en route from the Bay Area to Southern California, Wittwer said. The crash occurred just after 4 p.m.

Federal Aviation Administration officials were notified of the crash.

Marc Benjamin: 559-441-6166, @beebenjamin

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