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Skydiving plane with 18 on board crashes in vineyard near Lodi

Skydiving plane crashes near Lodi
A single-engine Cessna sits flipped over after crashing in a vineyard in rural San Joaquin County near Lodi.
(Jason Anderson / The Record via Associated Press)

A skydiving plane with 18 people on board crashed and flipped over Thursday in a Northern California vineyard, authorities said.

The pilot suffered a minor injury, but none of the passengers were injured, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The single-engine plane took off about 2 p.m. from Lodi Municipal Airport, but the Cessna 208 had engine trouble just after leaving the runway, Gregor said.

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The pilot tried to bring the aircraft back to the airport, but the Cessna struck a pickup on its descent. The plane crashed and overturned in the vineyard in rural San Joaquin County, near Acampo, about a quarter-mile from the airport.

The driver of the Toyota Tacoma pickup, Cindy Martin, told the Lodi News-Sentinel that she saw the plane dip below the power lines before it struck her vehicle.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, that plane is going to hit us -- and this is a new truck,’ ” she told the news outlet. The plane’s passengers were “pretty excitable,” she said.

The plane is owned by Nevada-based Flanagan Enterprises Inc., according to FAA records. The company’s president listed in Nevada public records, Ian Flanagan of Alberta, Canada, could not be reached for comment.

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The crash is under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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For more California news, follow me @MattHjourno. E-mail me at matt.hamilton@latimes.com.


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