Small plane crashes in Palo Alto after hitting power lines

The Palo Alto Airport is a general aviation field owned and operated by the city of Palo Alto.Palo Alto Airport

A small airline crashed in Palo Alto on Monday afternoon after coming into contact with power lines, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The FAA said it’s unknown how many people were on the aircraft, but NBC Bay Area reported that one person has been rescued from the crash.

A twin-engine Beechcraft Baron struck power lines northeast of the Palo Alto Airport about 1:50 p.m. local time today, the FAA said.

The FAA will release the aircraft’s tail number once investigators verify it at the scene. All civil aircraft are registered with the aviation authority and given a unique tail number. 

The incident is under investigation by the FAA and National Transportation and Safety Board, which will be in charge of the investigation and provide updates. 

Images posted online by NBC Bay Area showed the plane in an open space dotted with brush. 

The Palo Alto Airport (PAO) is on the edge of San Francisco Bay, 30 miles south of San Francisco. 

It’s a general aviation field owned and operated by the city of Palo Alto, and according to the airport’s website, it’s the busiest single runway airport in California.

This is a developing story. Check back with SFGATE for updates.

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