Crews respond to plane crash in Shasta County


ANDERSON, Calif. - Shasta County CAL FIRE crews responded to a plane crash on Lyle Lane in rural Shasta County Friday afternoon.

The crash was first reported just after 12:30 p.m. between Anderson and Cottonwood.

75-year-old Pete Bulthuis was the pilot and only person in the Cessna 182 four-seat private plane, and was able to get out of the plane on his own.

Bulthuis told the Sheriff's Office, the plane was low on fuel. He suffered some injuries, and was taken to a nearby hospital. He is expected to fully recover.

Captain Pat Kropholler with the Shasta County Sheriff's Office said he took off from the Stockton area.

This is the second private plane crash in Shasta County in the past week. A private plane landed on its belly Saturday at the Redding Airport. Fortunately in both cases, the pilots survived.

Kropholler said Bulthuis tried to land in the open field away from homes, but the combination of landing in dry grass, with the possibility of leaking fuel and electricity were all factors that could have led to a bigger catastrophe.

"We're very fortunate right now that we didn't have a fire," Kropholler said.

Anderson Fire Department, Shasta County Sheriff's Office, CHP and police marked off the road to investigate.

Bulthuis told investigators his plane flipped after it struck a telephone pole upon landing.

Shasta County Sheriff's Office is the main agency investigating and will work with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.

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