Skydiving plane hits pickup on road, flips during crash in vineyard in Lodi, California

Modified Date: 
Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:10am
Accident Date: 
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Skydiving plane hits truck, flips during crash near Lodi airport

Cindy Martin said the plane clipped her husband's pickup truck during the crash landing.

"I saw a plane coming down right at us. And I told my husband, 'That plane is going to hit us,'" she said. "Sure enough, it came right at us and clipped our back end enough to just really feel a good bump, and then it went out into the vineyard and flipped over."

Plane Carrying 17 Skydivers Crashes in California Vineyard

The single-engine plane experienced trouble shortly after taking off from the Parachute Center skydiving school north of Lodi, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said in a statement.

The pilot tried returning the Cessna 208 to the airport, Gregor said.

The plane crashed less than a mile from the airport on the opposite side of Highway 99, a major route in California, said Lt. Dan Schmierer of the Woodbridge Rural Fire District. Nobody on the ground was hurt.

Exclusive Skydiver Video Captures Moments Inside Plane Before It Crashes Into Vineyard

Before the video went dark, the skydivers' helmet-mounted GoPro cameras captured their sheer terror and panic as the plane plummeted to the earth. As the plane flipped on its side, the skydivers found themselves piled on top of each other in the chaos.

Roadway: 
Highway 99
City: 
Lodi, CA

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