A 62-year-old pilot walked away uninjured when his plane crashed this afternoon at the Truckee Airport.
The single prop plane left John Wayne Airport in Orange County about 11:45 a.m. with filed instrument plans to land at the Truckee Airport, according to a Nevada County Sheriff's Office news release. About 1:25 p.m., the pilot crashed approximately 40 feet off the Truckee Airport runway into the brush.
Although the plane, described as a Cirrus SR22, was heavily damaged, the pilot walked away from the aircraft without injuries, officials said. The pilot was the only person on board.
The plane struck a glider trailer with a glider inside before coming to rest in the brush, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Sheriff's officials said gusty winds were reported at the time of the crash.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.