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1 dead, 1 injured after small plane crash near Likely in Modoc County

National and local officials are working together to find out why a small airplane crashed in a field near Likely on Sunday morning, causing the death of a 65-year-old man.

Posted: Jun 20, 2021 1:10 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2021 11:48 AM

LIKELY, Calif. – One Modoc County man is dead and another injured after a plane crash Sunday morning near a ranch in Likely, Calif.

The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office said at 9:08 a.m. their dispatch received a report of the crash of a small aircraft.

Deputies say the plane was seen taking off from a field at the ranch, but a witness said it appeared the plane was unable to get a high enough altitude and then crashed.

A 65-year-old man from Modoc County died in the crash. Next of kin have been notified but authorities have not yet released the man’s identity.

The pilot was also a 65-year old man from Modoc County. The Alturas resident was flown to Redding for medical treatment of “major injuries.” He has not been identified by authorities at this time.

The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office said they are working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on an investigation into the cause of the plane crash.

Multiple agencies responded to the deadly crash on Sunday morning including the Modoc County Sheriff’s office, the Likely Fire Department, SEMSA Air, Modoc Medical Center EMS, CAL FIRE, BLM Fire, and the California Highway Patrol.

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