Pilot injured in small Petaluma plane crash

June 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A pilot was injured when a small aircraft crashed at the Petaluma airport tonight, Petaluma fire battalion Chief Michael Ahlin said.

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Fire crews responded to the airport at about 7:30 p.m. on reports of a plane down and found an ultralight aircraft had crashed at the south end of the runway.

Ahlin described the ultralight as a small aircraft typically used for personal enjoyment rather than commuting.

The pilot and only occupant of the aircraft was rushed to a hospital to be treated for injuries. Ahlin didn't know the condition of the victim.

He said the cause of the crash is under investigation, but it appears the pilot might have crashed the aircraft while attempting to land because the accident happened on the south side of the runway.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the crash and the airport was shut down so that the aircraft could be removed.

"We had some pretty strong winds ... around the time coming out of the west and gusting at times," Ahlin said, adding that he didn't know if weather was a factor in the crash.

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