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Monday, May 26 2014 03:02 PM

Small plane crashes near airport, no injuries

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A Tehachapi man who did not wish to be identified crash a two-seater biplane just east of the runway at Tehachapi Municipal Airport just before 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. Photo by Nick Smirnoff

A Tehachapi man who did not wish to be identified crash a two-seater biplane just east of the runway at Tehachapi Municipal Airport just before 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. Photo by Nick Smirnoff

A Tehachapi man who did not wish to be identified crash a two-seater biplane just east of the runway at Tehachapi Municipal Airport just before 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. Photo by Nick Smirnoff

A Tehachapi man who did not wish to be identified crash a two-seater biplane just east of the runway at Tehachapi Municipal Airport just before 2 p.m. on Monday, May 26.

The pilot and a passenger escaped uninjured.

According to Sgt. Kevin Paille of the Tehachapi Police Dept., the pilot was practicing touch-and-go maneuvers into the wind when a gust of wind caught the airplane and sent it downward and through the fence. It landed nose-down adjacent to Dennison Road near Goodrick, about 50 yards east of the airport.

The plane had a minor fuel leak following the crash but the fuel line was quickly turned off so there was no fire.

The two men aboard refused medical treatment.

Paille said the crash took place at 1:50 p.m. The Federal Aviation Authority and National Transportation Safety Board were notified but decided not to come on scene, Paille said, so the owner of the aircraft will be moving the airplane.

NICK SMIRNOFF contributed reporting.

This version corrects the day of the accident.

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