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2 killed in Redding plane crash, cause remains unknown

UPDATE: The City of Redding says there is still no cause for the accident.

Posted: Aug 27, 2020 7:32 AM
Updated: Aug 27, 2020 6:49 PM

UPDATE: 5:03 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 - The City of Redding says there is still no known cause for the accident of the single-engine plane.

In a press release, the city's Airports Manager Jim Wadleigh shared the National Transportation Safety Board is serving as the lead investigative agency, with the Federal Aviation Administration also involved.

Wadleigh says the Redding Municipal Airport is in full cooperation of the investigation.

The investigation could take more than a year to complete, according to Wadleigh.


UPDATE: 12:52 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 - Redding police have confirmed two people have died after a plane crash early Thursday morning near Benton Airpark. The two victims were located inside the aircraft and declared dead on the scene.

According to police, emergency personnel also located and evacuated two other injured victims at the scene.

The names of those involved have not been released pending confirmations and notifications from the Shasta County Coroner’s Office.

This is a breaking news update


UPDATE: 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 - Redding Police and fire crews are at the scene of a small plane crash in Redding. The crash happened at about 6:45 a.m. near the Benton Airpark.

The Redding Police Department received several calls about the crash and an explosion about 6:45 a.m. Thursday.

Redding Police Lt. Brian Cole said the crash happened in a field North of Placer Street and ignited a one to a two-acre vegetation fire.

According to Lt. Cole, two people were transported by ambulance to the hospital with significant injuries, and two others are unaccounted for. Cole adds that he does not know how many were on the plane at this time.

As of 9:30 a.m., East and Westbound lanes of Placer Street are open to one lane both directions between Pleasant Avenue and Airpark Drive.

New details are expected within the next couple of hours. Action News Now reporter Ana Torrea is on the scene and says steep terrain also made this difficult for firefighters. No surrounding areas threatened at this time.


REDDING, Calif. - The Redding Police Department is responding to a Thursday morning plane crash in west Redding.

Police tell Action News Now it happened around 6:47 a.m. Aug. 27, at the Benton Airpark on 2600 Gold St., Redding.

This is a developing story, we have a reporter on the way. We will update the article as more information becomes available.

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