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Investigation Begins Into Saturday Plane Crash
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Firefighters look over a pick up truck that was engulfed in flames following a single engine aircraft crash on Saturday morning at the Oakdale Airport. - photo by Marg Jackson/The Leader

National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, and Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, personnel will be conducting the investigation into the cause of a single engine aircraft crash that claimed the life of the pilot on Saturday morning, March 11.

Oakdale Police received multiple 911 calls regarding an aircraft that had crashed and was on fire at the Oakdale Airport. Oakdale Police along with Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire and Oak Valley Ambulance responded and arrived on scene at approximately 10:30 a.m. and discovered a small single engine aircraft was fully engulfed in flames along with the pickup that it had collided with. The plane crash occurred in front of the westernmost hanger on the north side of the runway.

Witnesses indicated to police there may have been engine troubles prior to the crash.


The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. The pilot’s identification is pending notification to the immediate family. The body was released to the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.