Unmanned aircraft crashes in ag field

A Winters Fire crew extinguished two fires that sparked when an unmanned aircraft crashed in an ag field. (Courtesy photo)

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An unmanned aircraft crashed in an agricultural field on Saturday, May 14, sparking two small fires.

Fire Captain Cheyne Baumgart said Winters Fire Department received a dispatch alert at 12:03 p.m., and Engine 26 was first on the scene.

The 10-foot aircraft was being remotely-flown in part of a

One of the wings from the aircraft was found yards away. (Courtesy photo)

flight over an agricultural field west of County Road 89 and north of County Road 29. As flown unmanned, there were no reported injuries.

“It was a test flight, and it was an isolated incident,” Baumgart said. Travis AFB was hosting an air show during that time frame, but the aircraft crash was unrelated.

Baumgart said when his crew arrived on scene, they found an unmanned aircraft down in the field. The aircraft had sustained major damage, and one of the aircraft’s wings was a couple hundred yards away from where the body of the aircraft made impact.

“I cannot confirm exactly how that aircraft came down,” Baumgart said. But it is believed that the wing became attached during the test flight.

The two small fires were isolated to the aircraft’s batteries. Baumgart said the location was mostly dirt, and with the fires isolated to the batteries – it was minimal and the Winters Fire unit was able to put it out.

Baumgart said as a precautionary measure, the Madison Fire Department Brush Unit was requested before Winters Fire had arrived on scene.

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