FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fresno FSDO-17
Aircraft Make: GRUMMAN
Aircraft Model: G164
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Activity: Aerial Application
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
AIRCRAFT STRUCK A POWERLINE DURING AG OPERATIONS RIVERDALE, CALIFORNIA.
RIVERDALE, Calif. — The Fresno County Sheriff's Office said a pilot in his 30's, flying a red crop duster, hit some power lines, then landed safely Thursday morning.
Sheriff's officials said deputies, the California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire and an ambulance were called to the area of Harlan and Blythe Avenues just before 9:00 a.m. Someone called 9-1-1 to report the aircraft crashed into power lines. The plane and pilot were found safe on the ground a few miles away at a landing strip at Hughes AG Air in Riverdale. The power lines were down and energized, and PG&E was called to fix them. Power was reportedly out at several houses nearby.
No one was hurt. The Federal Aviation Administration is now taking over the investigation.