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Small Plane Crashes into American River

Two people were injured when a small plane crashed into the American River in Sacramento Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Posted: Jan 2, 2019 7:13 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2019 10:26 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two people were injured when a small plane crashed into the American River in Sacramento Wednesday, Jan. 2. 

The two-seater ultra-light plane went down east of Interstate 5 and Discovery Park at 11:37 p.m.

Sacramento Fire Officials say a man and a woman were on board and that the man got out on his own and went for help.

They say the woman had to be pulled out by rescuers and was in critical condition.

The couple is from the Napa area.

The water was said to be freezing.

Investigators don't know why the plane crashed, but witnesses told reporters at the scene that they could tell the engine was struggling.

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