Airplane loses power on takeoff, hits grass bank off runway

The Beechcraft 18 plane that crashed Tuesday afternoon lost

Two people escaped injury Tuesday when an airplane ran off a runway on takeoff at the Hollister airport and crashed into a small grass bank.

The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. at the Hollister Municipal Airport. Neither of the two people on the plane, including the pilot and mechanic, were U.S. residents, said Hollister police Capt. Carlos Reynoso. The Australian pilot declined to comment at the accident scene.

The two men reported to police investigators that the Beechcraft 18 aircraft lost power on takeoff. It skidded off the runway and stopped when it struck the small mound on the northwest end of the airport.

There was minor damage to the airplane to the front-right wheel.

The Federal Aviation Administration was set to follow up Tuesday with its own investigation.


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