Ultra-light plane downs power lines on SR 223, Old River Road, according to CHP
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An ultra-light airplane crashed in a corn field 100 yards south of SR 223/Bear Mountain Road and Old River Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Deputies of the Kern County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of the crash landing at 12:30 p.m., KCSO officials said.
John Madonna, 56, of San Luis Obispo and Shilo Staib, 42, of Bakersfield were in the aircraft and received minor injuries and were treated at the scene, KCSO officials said.
It was a homemade aircraft that the men were operating, KCSO officials said.
The aircraft struck a power line and started a small fire in the field that was extinguished by Kern County Fire Personnel, KCSO officials said.
The resulting power outage affected over 400 PG&E customers in the area for several hours, KCSO officials said.
Highway 223 was closed in both directions for over an hour as Kern County Fire and PG&E officials contended with downed power lines. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, KCSO officials said.
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