September 15, 2014
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane that took off from Southern California missed the runway and crash landed at an airport in the Sierra town of Truckee. Despite severe damage to the plane, the pilot walked away uninjured.
Nevada County sheriff's Lt. Alicia Milhous says the 62-year-old pilot took off alone from John Wayne Airport in Orange County shortly before noon Tuesday in a single-engine Cirrus SR22.
About 90 minutes later he approached the Truckee Airport amid gusty winds, clipped a trailer on the way down and crashed into brush about 40 feet off the runway.
Milhous says the plane had heavy damage but the pilot, whose name has not been released, was not hurt.
The cause of the crash has not been determined.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
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