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Pilot found injured in Sierra

October 24, 2013

A downed airplane belonging to a Big Pine man was located Thursday morning near Huntington Lake on the west side of the Sierra.
Fresno County sheriff’s officials also located the pilot, who has yet to be identified, with unknown injuries.
Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Curtice said that the pilot was flown from the crash site, about one mile south of Brown Peak, to the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno to be treated for injuries. Curtice said he did not know the extent of the pilot’s injuries, but did confirm that he was the plane’s only occupant.
The aircraft has been described as a single-engine Piper PA28 aircraft belonging to Big Pine resident Arnie Peterson.
A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson told the Fresno Bee that search and rescue crews located the pilot walking near the wreckage of the crash when they arrived at the scene.
According to the FFA, the pilot of the plane was traveling from Fresno to Sacramento and contacted Fresno Air Traffic Control at about 10 a.m. to report that he was losing oil pressure and would be crash landing in the Sierra about 35 miles northeast of the Fresno-Yosemite Airport.
According to Curtice, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department received a call from the FFA at about 10:42 a.m., notifying them of the downed aircraft. The Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol helicopter, was able to locate the crash at about the 9,000-foot elevation level, and extract the injured pilot.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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