Two men were hurt Wednesday after a small plane went down at the Georgetown Airport, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said.
Emergency personnel from several agencies, including Cal Fire, Georgetown Fire and El Dorado County Fire responded, finding the single engine Luscombe plane down an embankment near the runway.
The impact of the crash bent the nose up almost 90 degrees.
People familiar with the aircraft’s two occupants told FOX40 both are longtime Georgetown residents, and one is the owner of the plane and a flight instructor.
A witness who lives near the airport told FOX40 the plane appeared to be approaching the runway very slowly.
Another witness, who works at a machine shop on the airport property, said the plane initially appeared to land normally, but then veered off the runway into some gravel and went out of control, careening off the runway, down the steep embankment into some blackberry bushes.
Winds were calm at the time.
It’s unclear what caused the crash. The investigation is now in the hands of the FAA and NTSB.
Officials say the two men had “moderate” injuries and are recovering at a hospital in Roseville.