Small aircraft goes down near Table Mountain

OROVILLE — A small, ultralight-style aircraft crash-landed at the Table Mountain Quarry on Monday leading to a response by both Cal Fire-Butte County and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

Fire Capt. Deric Strick said the 911 call came in at around 4:30 p.m. Monday in regards to a man who had to perform a hard landing onto a pile of gravel after having engine troubles.

The vehicle was a hobbyist plane and the pilot had taken off from Oroville to do some sightseeing and take photos, Strick said.

Battalion Chief Jason Dyer was at the scene and said the pilot sustained minor injuries and the aircraft saw mild to moderate damage.

“The aircraft went down in a gravel pile that was within the quarry and there was minimal damage to the Ultralight,” Dyer said.

The pilot did not need to be transported to the hospital for his injuries and no emergency service staging was necessary.

Strick said there was no risk of fire from the crash.

The Sheriff’s Office will be conducting an investigation into the crash and reporting it to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Dyer said any time a plane or other aircraft goes down, it’s lucky when the pilots and other involved parties make it out OK.

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