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3 Santa Rosa residents survive plane crash

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Three Santa Rosa residents, including a 2-year-old child, suffered only minor injuries after their small plane lost engine power and deployed an onboard parachute that floated the aircraft down into a remote part of Mendocino County last week.

The Cirrus SR22 took off from Shelter Cove Airport in Humboldt County about 1 p.m. March 8, headed to Santa Rosa with two 38-year-old adults and the child on board, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, which responded along with authorities from Humboldt County.

The single-engine plane lost power about five minutes after takeoff and the pilot tried to troubleshoot the problem but the aircraft was flying too low, authorities said.

“At this point, the pilot deployed the airplane’s Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) which slowed the airplane’s descent,” according to a release from the Mendocino sheriff’s office.

The parachute carried the aircraft down into trees near Yellow Road in Whitethorn in Mendocino County, about 6 miles from the airport.

The plane and parachute became entangled in the trees about 100 feet off the ground, said Mendocino County Sheriff’s spokesperson Capt. Quincy Cromer. From there the aircraft eventually fell to the ground.

“These are usually worst-case scenarios,” Cromer said. “The fact that they had only minor scratches and abrasions is a miracle.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were contacted and are investigating the incident.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.