On July 15, 2021, at about 11:54 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Dinsmore Airport for the report of a small aircraft accident.
According to the reporting party, the aircraft, a fixed wing single engine plane, crashed near the airport and subsequently caught on fire. Fire personnel responded to the scene and extinguished the fire, preventing spread into the nearby wooded area.
No survivors have been located as of Thursday afternoon. Multiple fatalities are believed to have occurred, however, due to the state of the wreckage and continued investigation, the number of victims cannot be confirmed at this time.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is working in partnership with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate this incident. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, CAL FIRE, US Forest Service, California Highway Patrol, Cal Trans, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration for their assistance and collaborative response.
More information related to this investigation will be released when available and appropriate.
Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.