1 killed, 1 critically injured in San Rafael airport plane crash

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One dead and another critically injured in a small plane crash at the Smith Ranch Airport in San Rafael. 

Shortly before midnight, the plane’s tailfin struck power lines and crashed in a marsh at the east end of the runway. 

The incident created a power outage and affected almost 2,000 PG&E customers. 

The plane was in a wetlands area with power lines wrapped around it. 

According to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, the lines made accessing the plane difficult. 

Two passengers were retrieved from the plane, one with critical injuries while the other was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, its Coroner’s Division, and the National Transportation Safety Board.

An autopsy is scheduled for the deceased passenger to determine the cause of death. 


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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