Small plane crash at Visalia Airport

VISALIA, Calif.

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The crash happened at the Visalia Municipal Airport off Plaza Drive near Highway 198.

This Mooney 20, four-passenger plane took off for a test flight from the Visalia airport at 9:40 Tuesday morning.

Fire officials say the pilot immediately encountered mechanical problems and tried to turn around and land.

A wing hit the ground and the plane's nose gear collapsed.

The pilot was the only person on board. He was not injured in the accident.

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