A plane crashed while taking off from the Covelo Airport this afternoon igniting soon after. First responders are converging on the scene. At this point, first responders do not know how many people were in the plane at the time it crashed.
Scanner traffic began around 6:05 p.m. and indicated that multiple 911 calls had been regarding a plane crashing into a hillside near by 21900 block of Airport Road.
A firefighter heading to the scene reported there is a large column of black smoke in the area and the fire appeared to have spread into nearby vegetation burning between one-quarter and one-half acre. Initial estimates indicate the fire could grow to 2-3 acres.
UPDATE 6:29 p.m.: Firefighters from the Forest Services are at the scene and report the vegetation fire’s forward progress has been stopped. They are searching for the single-engine plane’s tail number for identification purposes.
UPDATE 6:41 p.m.: Sadly, scanner traffic indicates that two people were located dead at the crash site. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office coroners have been dispatched.
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.