The unidentified pilot and passenger from a light plane huddle together on the far bank of the East Branch of the North Fork of the Feather River. The plane went down this morning at Indian Falls. Photo courtesy of the CHP.

Plane goes down in river

A light plane came down and landed in the North Fork of the Feather River near Indian Falls this morning Friday, May 18.

Highway 89 near Indian Falls has controlled traffic and delays in both directions as emergency crews deal with the aircraft.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the yet unidentified pilot and passenger were able to get out of the aircraft. Their injuries are unknown at this time.

CHP public information officer Eric Logan said that a small amount of fuel is leaking into the river, requiring yet more emergency crews at the scene.

The incident is under investigation. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

17 thoughts on “Plane goes down in river

  • Indian Falls is on Indian Creek, not any branch of any fork of the Feather River.

    • Well everyone, I have a watershed map that shows the East Branch of the North Fork beginning at Lights Creek and Indian Creek. It then turns into the the North Fork further down the canyon

      Aren’t we all glad the people survived though

      • According to USGS, the East Branch of the North Fork of the Feather River begins at the confluence of Indian Creek and Spanish Creek. FEMA, DWR and Caltrans tend to agree with their maps and signs as posted. Regardless, it is known as Indian Creek locally and referring to it as the Feather River is misleading and bad reporting.

        In case anyone is wondering, the plane was moved out of the water on Friday afternoon and partially dismantled and removed on Saturday.

  • Not true. Indian Creek is the east branch of the North Fork of the Feather River.

    • Not true. EB of NF starts at the Greenville Wye where Indian Creek and Spanish Creek meet.

      • All of you are wrong. Indian Creek is actually called First Nations Creek and it’s the North Fork of the East branch of the South Fork of the Mississippi River. Everybody knows that.

        • Love your comment! More power to you!

          • Thanks bro!

  • y’all are hilarious (and all so darned inane). So glad this didn’t end in tragedy.

  • A full house beats a straight.

  • Still curious about the sheriff’s catch and release policy for herion dealers. Is plumas a sanctuary county for herion dealers?

    • Go ask Sheriff Hagwood and report back here. (rolls eyes)

      • Plumas county is in the middle of an opioid crisis, and has a violent crime rate nearly double the state’s average. I don’t need to talk to sheriff hagwood about his failed policies, but rather inform the public of them.

        Why do you support the sheriff’s catch and release policy for herion dealers?

        Do you think plumas should be a sanctuary county for herion dealers?

        • And of course you have the facts and figures to back up your claim of these statements…… waiting…

  • Wrong turn there Tax payer/voter, you’re getting way-way off topic.
    This story is about a aircraft that flew into the river not our Sheriff or his policies.

    • *an

      Thank you Captain obvious. I figured because thread had already been derailed with a rather entertaining argument as to the correct geographical reference for Indian Creek, my comment wouldn’t hurt. Anyway, since I have your attention, do you support the sheriff’s catch and release policy for heroin dealers?

  • How are things going since your lobotomy?

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