PORTERVILLE, California. (KSEE/KGPE) – One person has died after a private plane crashed at an airport on Monday, according to the Porterville Fire Department.
At 2:30 p.m., firefighters were called out to the Porterville Municipal Airport near Wildcat Way and Thunderbolt Drive after several people dialed 9-1-1 to report that a plane had just crashed.
When firefighters arrived, they found a small private plane on fire at the end of the airport’s runway.
Crews were able to get the fire put out before it could spread any further.
Fire officials say the pilot was killed in the crash, and it appears that nobody else was on board the plane.
A witness at the airport described seeing the plane take off before the engine quit around 500 ft in the air, causing the aircraft to crash into the ground below.
The airport is expected to remain closed for at least 12 hours as authorities investigate the crash.
No other details on this crash have been given at this time.