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Medford plane crashes in Northern California

A plane traveling out of Medford crashed upside down near Crescent City, California, Sunday but the pilot and copilot survived with only minor injuries, according to the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office.

The Cessna 182 landed in a marsh area near the end of Buzzini Road, north of Crescent City.

Pilot Field Morey and co-pilot Seth Hofstetter called 911, and the dispatcher sent out emergency crews to help.

The cause of the crash is mechanical issues, requiring an emergency landing, according to the sheriff. Morey and Hofstetter were in good spirits despite minor injuries.

Morey, well-known in the local aviation world, runs Morey’s West Coast Adventures, a Medford company. He is a flight instructor, who has flown all over the U.S.

According to Flying magazine, Field got his name because his father, who played a role in aviation’s infancy referred to a landing spot as a field, so his son got the name.

According to the Flying article, Field has logged 37,000 hours of flight.

Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office photo