Yreka, Calif. — An Aviat Husky aircraft from Oregon crashed and started a vegetation fire at the Butte Valley Airport Aug. 30, 2011 after it was forced off the runway by a strong gust of wind.
CAL FIRE in Yreka reported that the pilot was practicing “touch and goes” at the time of the Tuesday crash, shortly before 4 p.m. The sole occupant of the aircraft, the pilot was medically cleared at the scene by first responders.
The 11 acre fire was quickly contained, according to CAL FIRE.
Crews responded from CAL FIRE, Klamath National Forest, Dorris Fire Department, Pleasant Valley Fire Protection District, and the Butte Valley Fire Protection District.
Hwy 97 was closed for an hour due to the smoke which caused poor visibility for drivers. NTSB and FAA officials were investigating the incident as of Thursday afternoon.