Pilot killed in crash of small plane in central California

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — The pilot died when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday in central California, authorities said. The Cessn...

January 19, 2023
6:54 AM

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — The pilot died when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday in central California, authorities said. The Cessna 414 with just one person aboard crashed around 2 p.m. near Modesto City-County Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office said one person was declared dead at the scene. Modesto Police Sgt. Robert Gumm said the twin-engine plane was taking off when it experienced some kind of malfunction. Photos by the Modesto Bee showed wreckage spread across a wooded area east of the city's downtown.