10 people survive plane crash at Oroville Airport; wildfire ignited in brush

Wildfire ignited in brush; fire and crash shut down Highway 162

  • A plane that crashed on the north end of the Oroville Airport is seen before flames engulfed the aircraft Wednesday in Oroville (John Cecil — Contributed)

  • A plane that crashed Wednesday during takeoff at the Oroville Airport burns and ignites a grass fire in Oroville. (John Cecil — Contributed)

  • A plane that crashed on the north end of the Oroville Airport is seen before flames engulfed the aircraft Wednesday in Oroville (John Cecil — Contributed)

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OROVILLE — A plane crash at the Oroville Airport ignited a wildfire near the runways.

The crash, reported around 11:30 a.m. today caused a fire which the Oroville Fire Department and Cal Fire-Butte County are fighting.

By the time Oroville firefighters got to the crash at the north end of the runway, the plane was completely engulfed in flames, said Oroville Public Safety Director Joe Deal.

The 10 people inside — eight passengers and two pilots — all made it out of the downed plane without any injuries, Deal said.

Once firefighters accounted for everyone who had been in the plane, they turned their attention to fighting the wildfire.

Cal Fire-Butte County Public Information Officer Rick Carhart said the grass fire was quickly put out and the plane itself was doused with water.

The jet plane had just been refueled with 480 pounds of fuel, Deal said.

The CHP closed a portion of Highway 162 near the airport because there was a fear that spilled fuel could ignite.

Willows resident John Cecil took photos and videos of the plane on fire and said he heard what sounded like explosions.

Deal was proud of the emergency teams for getting the word out quickly and keeping people in the area informed of what was going.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be looking further into the crash, Deal said.

A crew from the Chico Fire Department also helped by spraying the burned wreckage with fire-suppressing foam shortly after 1 p.m.

This story will updated.

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