Small plane goes down in Humboldt County, injures 2

A six-seat aircraft.
A six-seat aircraft.

Authorities say two people were hurt in a small plane crash at a remote Humboldt County airport.

The aircraft went down shortly before 12:30 p.m. near the public airport, east of Dinsmore near the border of Humboldt and Trinity counties.

Humboldt Sheriff's Lt. Steve Knight says the plane hit nose-down. He says both people on board at the time were injured, but he didn't immediately know the nature of their injuries.

"They're gonna live, and it sounds like two CalTrans people may have saved their lives," said Lt. Knight. He declined to comment further.

A 65-year-old man suffered major facial injuries, but managed to escape before the fire engulfed the wreckage, the Record-Searchlight of Redding reports.

Emergency personnel had a hard time reaching the site quickly because it's so remote, said Jacquelyn Hulsey, who manages the county's six airports.

According to the California Highway Patrol's website, flames were visible at the wreckage site.