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Plane crashes into CA wastewater pond

December 20, 2006
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GILROY, CA — Three bodies were discovered inside a twin-engine plane which crashed into a sewage tank at a wastewater treatment plant near here on December 18, an Aero-News.Net story reported. The plane crashed into one of five holding tanks at the South County Regional Wastewater Authority plant and was completely submerged in raw sewage, the story reported. According to a story from NBC 11, workers at the treatment plant have drained the 600,000-gallon tank, which is 20 feet deep and 25 feet in diameter, but investigators won''t be able to get to the aircraft or the bodies until the remaining wastewater is decontaminated. Damage to the facility appears to be minimal except for one of the railings at the top of the tank, according to the NBC 11 story. Police are unsure of what caused the crash that killed two flight students and their instructor, the story said. To read the full Aero-News.Net story, click here. To read the full NBC 11 story, click here. For related information on this story, click wastewater. For more of the latest news, click here. To subscribe to Water Technology® magazine, click here. To discuss this topic with other water and wastewater industry professionals, click here.
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