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Car crashes through fence at Chico Air Museum, damages antique plane

A car crashed through a chain link fence and ended up hitting an antique plane at the Chico Air Museum.

Posted: Jul 11, 2021 5:41 PM
Updated: Jul 12, 2021 12:03 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A car crashed through a chain-link fence and ended up hitting an antique plane at the Chico Air Museum.

At around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Chico Police Department said a student driver mistook the accelerator pedal for the brake pedal while making a turn.

The driver then hopped the curb into the fenced yard of the Chico Air Museum and collided with an airplane.

The president of the air museum, Brian Baldridge, said it’s going to take hours of volunteer time to get the plane in its original condition.

“This is a really rare airplane, and the unfortunate thing is there is quite a bit of damage to it,” he explained. “The horizontal stabilizer and the tail cone section is going to take hundreds if not thousands of hours of sheet metal work to get it back to where it was.”

Baldridge said it already took them a long time to get this plane to where it was but said they will be able to get it fixed.

Police said the driver and passenger in the car were not injured in the crash.

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