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FAA Officials Investigating Fatal Plane Crash In Oakdale

Oakdale, CA — Two men are dead following a plane crash in Oakdale yesterday.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff´s Department says the two-seat airplane went down in an orchard at 3:20pm.

Preliminary investigations suggest the pilot lost control of the plane over an almond orchard on Sierra Road near the Oakdale Airport.

Published reports say the victims are 65-year-old Chuck Billington, who was the former Modesto Irrigation District Chairman and 61-year-old Dave Mesenhimer, the Modesto Flight Center co-owner.

Detectives say it is not clear whether the plane was landing at Oakdale Airport or taking off. Federal Aviation Administration officials have taken over the investigation.

Written by Sabrina Sabbagh