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.
“The pilot had taken off when he began experiencing a loss of power,” said Colusa County Sergeant Neil Pearson, “the pilot determined it was unsafe to continue and made an emergency landing.”
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.