At least 1 dead in plane crash in Oxnard Field near Camarillo Airport
At least one person died when a small plane crashed into a strawberry field and caught fire in North Oxnard on Friday morning.
The accident was reported around 8 a.m. in a field on the north side of the 101 freeway near Del Norte Boulevard, according to reports from the Ventura County Fire Department. The site is west of Camarillo Airport.
No other victims were found during a grid search on the ground and from the air using a helicopter, Ventura County Fire Department said.
Firefighters at the scene described finding a large field of debris and said the plane was fully involved in the fire when they arrived.
Ventura County Firefighter Andy VanSciver confirmed shortly before 9 a.m. that one person was on board and died in the crash. VanSciver, a spokesperson for the agency, could not provide further details about the death.
He also said the plane clipped buildings on the south side of the 101 freeway before crashing into terrain on the north side of the freeway, east of Del Norte. Crews found debris from the plane on the roof of a building south of the freeway.
Capt. Brian McGrath, another agency spokesman, said the Oxnard Fire Department was the lead agency and county firefighters were called in to help.
The Federal Aviation Administration had also been contacted to investigate.
Information from FlightAware said the single-engine, four-seat craft took off from Camarillo Airport around 7:59 a.m. and headed for Phoenix Deer Valley Airport. The aircraft was listed as an Arizona-registered Mooney M-20 Turbo.
The crash happened on private property and small plumes of smoke from the plane were still visible about a quarter of a mile away.
The incident impacted traffic on the 101 Freeway through the corridor Friday morning, with the north side still blocked at 10:30 a.m. The right lane of the northbound 101 was closed, officials said. responsible, leaving two northbound lanes open.
This story will be updated.
Brian J. Varela covers Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Camarillo. He can be reached at [email protected] or 805-477-8014. You can also find him on Twitter @BrianVarela805.