Rancho Cordova woman injured in small-plane crash in Redding

A Rancho Cordova woman was taken to a hospital with significant injuries after a small-plane crash Saturday morning in Redding, city fire officials said.

Officials said a single-engine Cessna 172, flying from Yuba City, crashed just south of Benton Airpark about 11:15 a.m.

The pilot was identified as David Marth, who apparently escaped uninjured and was able to talk to authorities at the scene. However, his wife was taken to a nearby hospital. Her name was not released.

The plane crashed in a canyon a few hundred feet south of the airpark next to a dirt and gravel road.

“He landed on runway 15 and had a little too much speed and ended up going off the end of the runway,” said Bryant Garrett, Redding Airport manager.

The plane landed downwind, which isn’t optimal in windy conditions, Garrett said. A nearby weather monitoring station recorded wind gusts up to 18 mph about the time of the crash, according to National Weather Service data.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Flight Standards District Office in Sacramento will look into the crash, Garrett said.

Bee staff writer Mark Glover contributed to this report.