The FAA and NTSB are looking into
the crash of a Schweitzer G-164B cropduster which went down
February 23rd near Byron, CA, but which was not
immediately reported to either agency.
Television Station KTVU reports that a private pilot made air
traffic controllers aware of the crash after he spotted the
airplane upside down in a marsh near Byron. It had apparently gone
down in a tomato field in San Joaquin County.
The pilot sustained no worse than minor injuries, and was able
to walk away from the accident. Media reports indicate that
local authorities knew about the crash as early as last Tuesday,
but it was not reported to the requisite federal agencies until
several days later. Officials who have since spoken to the pilot
and owner of the plane say the field was too muddy to recover it
immediately, and they planned to do so as soon as conditions