After receiving a report about around 8:40 a.m., first responders are on their way to a plane crash that reportedly occurred in the hills east of Willits that resulted in a head injury and ignited a small brush fire as well.
A CAL FIRE helicopter is at the Eden Valley airstrip at the scene of the crash. The helicopter pilot confirmed he located a small crashed plane and characterized the fire as “extinguished.”
Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page indicate The injured pilot was transported into Willits by a passing driver. The two contacted authorities when they arrived into Willits.
Initially, despite attempts to get the plane’s tail number from the pilot, the pilot’s injuries left the person unable to speak with dispatch. Now, with first responders at scene, the Federal Aviation Administration is being contacted.
UPDATE 9:42 a.m.: There were actually two occupants of the aircraft, one that was injured and hospitalized and one who walked away without injuries. The two are reportedly at Willits’s Howard Hospital.
The Incident Commander is reporting that he cannot, at this time, locate the plane’s tail number for identification purposes.
Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.