The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
On 05/30/2022 at approximately 08:45 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a plane crash causing a fire on private property near the 16000 block of Hearst Willits Rd. near Willits, CA. Upon arrival, deputies discovered Cal-Fire was already on scene and had extinguished the fire.
Deputies observed the plane was almost completely destroyed by fire. Deputies were told by a witness at the scene the aircraft was an unknown make and model small passenger aircraft that had two occupants when it crashed near a landing strip on private property.
A witness at the scene reported the adult male pilot and female passenger had significant injuries and were transported by a family member of the pilot to a local hospital for medical treatment. The pilot and female passenger were eventually transported to an out-of-county hospital for further medical treatment.
The cause of the crash was unknown at the time and the incident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. The Federal Aviation Administration was also notified of this incident.