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Plane crashes near Yolo County Airport

December 8, 2011, 09:17 am

A Piper PA-38 Tomahawk plane recently crashed just outside the Yolo County Airport in Davis, California, when it lost power approaching the landing strip.

"I was about 500 feet and the power went out," said pilot Jamin Patel.

Patel was able to escape the plane without injuries, but the aircraft suffered significant damage that pilot insurance could help take care of. Local police were amazed that Patel was able to exit the crushed aircraft unharmed, Sacramento news provider, KCRA-TV, reported.

According to the Daily Democrat, the pilot was flying from Fresno, lost power in the plane and was forced to crash land in an open field one mile south of the airport.

"He tried to land the plane, but when the front wheels hit the dirt, it flipped the plane," Yolo County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Martin Torres told the source.

When fire crews made it to the crash scene, Patel was waiting for them by the wreckage. Patel was the only passenger in the four-seat plane.

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