Sunday, February 28, 2021

Crop Duster Crashes in
Princeton, Pilot O.K.

On Friday, a 24-year-old Chico man survived an airplane crash, after his aircraft lost power just after takeoff in Princeton.

Nathan Michaud, of Michaud Aviation in Willows, walked away from the incident virtually un-harmed.

At approximately 10:00 a.m. on June 13, 2014, the Princeton Fire Department and the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a possible airplane crash at the end of Paradise Road.

Upon arriving on the scene, emergency personnel found Michaud walking around the crashed aircraft.

‚ÄúThe pilot had taken off when he began experiencing a loss of power,‚ÄĚ said Colusa County Sergeant Neil Pearson, ‚Äúthe pilot determined it was unsafe to continue and made an emergency landing.‚ÄĚ

Michaud’s plane came to rest at the edge of an irrigation ditch, with its wing was partly sub-merged in the water and was releasing small amounts of fuel.

Emergency crews were able to safely extract the plane from the irrigation ditch, and the Colusa County Environmental Health was able to contain the fuel spillage.

The plane had just been loaded with a dry fertilizer prior to takeoff. No fertilizer was released, as a result, of the crash.

This is the first airplane crash in Colusa County for this year.




Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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