Update 2:36 p.m.: A plane heading back to the airport after dropping skydivers malfunctioned and crash-landed in a Watsonville apple orchard Sunday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office reported.
The pilot — the only person aboard — was not hurt, Sgt. Robin Mitchell said.
The crash was reported at 12:39 p.m. behind Compton Terrace, a neighborhood off Freedom Boulevard about a half-mile north of the Watsonville Municipal Airport.
He was returning to the airport when a power surge caused engine failure on the Cesna 182. The pilot put the plane down in the middle of an apple orchard, purposely avoiding a nearby neighborhood, Mitchell said.
The crash caused a small fuel leak into the orchard, according to firefighters.
The FAA will investigate the crash.
Original Report: A plane crashed into an orchard near the Watsonville Municipal Airport at 12:39 p.m. Sunday afternoon, but no injuries were reported, authorities said.
Information was sparse, as emergency crews are still responding to the crash scene, behind a house at 11 Compton Terr.
The area where the plane went down is off Freedom Boulevard, just one block north of the airport.
A Santa Cruz family of four and crashed into the Watsonville Community Hospital campus. No one on the ground was injured.
This story will be updated.