Sacto 9-1-1
February 13, 2013
Smoke in cockpit forces landing in Colusa County

Two Ukiah men were injured on Tuesday when the airplane they were in crashed in a Colusa County orchard.

The Lancair 360 was flying from Willits to Lake Tahoe when light smoke was detected in the cockpit. The pilot began a descent.

As the plane headed for a landing, smoke grew heavier and a small fire erupted, forcing the plane to crash near an almond orchard west of Williams, according to the Colusa County Sheriff's Department.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane struck trees while attempting to land. The aircraft was destroyed by fire, according to the FAA.

The sheriff's department reported that one man was airlifted to a hospital with major injuries. The other man was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

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