SANTA ROSA — A small plane crashed about a quarter mile from the Sonoma Skypark Airport Sunday, injuring the pilot and his 17-year-old passenger.
The pilot, a 56-year-old Hayward resident, said the plane malfunctioned and he lost control about 100 feet in the air. The plane nose-dived, narrowly missing a house and clipping a truck as it crashed around 3 p.m.
The plane took off from the Sonoma Skypark Airport, and the manager described the pilot as a safe pilot.
“He’s been flying for many years,” manager Roy Secrist said. “He’s very experienced, very qualified, a very safe flier.”
The 17-year-old girl suffered deep cuts and a broken ankle. She was interested in learning to fly, and the pilot is her father’s friend. The pilot suffered minor cuts and bruises.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.