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Modoc County plane crash

A small plane crashed in Likely, Calif., killing a 65-year-old Modoc County man.

A Modoc County man died Sunday after the small plane he was aboard crashed.

Just after 9 a.m., a witness reported seeing a small aircraft crash on a ranch in Likely, Calif., a release from the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office stated Sunday. The witness saw the plane take off from a field but fail to gain altitude.

The 65-year-old Frank Randell Bethel, also known as Randy, died in the crash, a Monday release from the sheriff’s office stated.

The pilot of the plane, Tim Harris, who is also 65, was flown by SEMSA Air to Mercy Hospital in Redding, Calif., with serious injuries. He is in stable condition as of Monday.

A team from the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

— Reporter Rick Childress can be reached at (541) 851-7301 or Follow him on Twitter @RickOChildress