Bear Incident



Incident Name: Bear Incident
Incident Time: 12:15:00 pm
Incident Date: 08-24-2013
Incident Location: Old River - Station 53
Incident Type: Alert 3 - Aircraft Down - Station 53
Resources Used: Engine 53, Engine 52, Truck 55, Charlie 3, Safety, Batt 4, PIO
Number of Personnel: 20
Assisting Agencies: Kern County Sheriff Department, Hall Ambulance, PG&E, CHP, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board
Cause: Aircraft vs Power Lines




OLD RIVER, CA- An ultra-light type aircraft was flying with the pilot and one passenger. The aircraft hit power lines causing the aircraft to go down in a corn field south of Bakersfield, which knocked over one power pole and caused damage to four additional poles. On arrival fire crews found energized power lines on the aircraft and the aircraft to be on fire. Crews carefully extinguished fire on the aircraft that had started in the approximately ten gallon fuel tank that was only about half full. Both the pilot and passenger were able to walk away from the accident. Power had been disrupted to approximately 400 PG&E customers. The cause of the accident is under investigation.  


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