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Emergency crews responded to downed aircraft in the Los Padres National Forest, minor injuries reported

Posted at 4:51 PM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 20:28:12-05

Emergency crews responded to a downed aircraft in the Los Padres National Forest Saturday afternoon.

In Helicopter 308, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said they responded to a downed aircraft northeast of Ogilvy Ranch around 2 p.m.

Fire crews found the aircraft on the ridge-line near Ogilvy Ranch and landed their helicopter to investigate. Upon landing, crews could tell someone had been injured, but could not locate the patient.

Emergency crews then flew down to Ogilvy Ranch to ask employees there if they saw anything.

A ranch employee told responders that the aircraft went down about 10:30 a.m. Saturday and the patient was either brought to the ranch or went on his own to seek medical help.

Fire officials said the patient was flown from an air field at the ranch to the Santa Ynez Airport in a private aircraft. From there he was flown to a nearby hospital and has since been discharged.

The man suffered minor injuries according to officials.

Santa Barbara County firefighters went back to the downed aircraft and disabled the electronic locator beacon on aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating.

This is a developing story, check back later for details.