FAA Investigates Coalinga Plane Crash

December 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
FAA investigators are on the scene of a deadly plane crash in South Fresno County.The crash happened 2-miles north of the Coalinga Airport near Phelps at Calaveras Sunday night.

Thick fog made rescue attempts tough. It took over an hour for rescue crews to arrive, even though they were using GPS to zero in on the 911 call from a person in the plane.

FAA officials said the plane was headed to Harris Ranch from long beach when they ran into thick fog. The pilot then told air traffic control they were going to fly to Santa Barbara.

One woman died, and two others were injured in the crash. Investigators don't believe the person who died was the pilot.



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