June 16, Willows, Calif. / Maule M4


About 07:55 Pacific time, a Maule M4-210C crashed while maneuvering 1 mile southwest of the Willows-Glenn County Airport, killing the pilot and passenger. The airplane was one of a group of six airplanes en route to Happy Camp, Calif., on a camping trip with an intermediate stop at Willows-Glen. The accident airplane was about seven miles behind the other five. Winds were recorded at 32 mph, gusting to 42. A witness saw the accident airplane enter two steep 360-degree turns, level off and descend, then complete two more steep 360-degree turns before falling to the ground. Antelopes were reported at the scene and the pilots from the other airplanes in the group indicated that the accident airplane may have been observing them.


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