Small plane crashes near Placerville |

Small plane crashes near Placerville

A small airplane crash Saturday afternoon left one man dead and another seriously injured.

A single-engine, vintage World War II airplane went down shortly after take off from an airport in Georgetown, an area northeast of Placerville.

Robert Freidas, 30, a resident of San Jose, Calif., was pronounced dead at the scene. Jeffrey Skeen, 50, of Los Gatos, Calif., was found outside the wreckage and taken by helicopter to Sutter-Roseville Hospital in Sacramento. Skeen is still hospitalized and his condition is unknown.

The plane crashed around 3:50 p.m. after it made a hard bank turn to the right, made one to the left and then went into a dive, witnesses reported.

Rescue crews located the wreckage at 5:20 p.m. one-half mile north of the airport. Deputies said rough terrain and dense vegetation made the search for the wreckage difficult.

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