OROVILLE — A small plane caught fire and crashed around noon Wednesday at the Oroville Airport, sparking a small grass fire, officials said.
There were 10 passengers and two pilots on board the Cessna Citation when it “experienced complications during take-off,” according to the Oroville Police Department.
All 12 people were able to safely leave the plane uninjured.
The fire closed Highway 162 in the area for a short time.
In photos shared with FOX40, the plane is on the ground and appears to be mostly intact as flames spread through the grass around it. A witness to the incident says the crew was able to get the passengers out while the grass fire was burning around them.
The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the blaze.
The plane was supposed to be flying from Oroville to Portland, Oregon.
SR162 is still closed due to downed aircraft. Fire is mostly mitigated but awaiting additional resources to ensure the smoldering aircraft is deemed out and no longer a threat. pic.twitter.com/EaHGBYpao6
— CHP Oroville👮♂️👮♀️🚔 (@CHP_Oroville) August 21, 2019