Atlanta-based company execs survived California plane crash

Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 By Samantha Maldonado, Associated Press

The burned out remains of a twin-engine Cessna Citation sits at the end of a runway after the pilot aborted the takeoff at the Oroville Airport in Oroville, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. The plane carried two pilots and eight passengers, who all escaped injury. Firefighters were able to quickly control a grass fire that broke out and temporarily closed Highway 162. No cause of the crash has been listed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eight executives of an Atlanta-based package company were among the 10 people who escaped when a plane burst into flames at a small Northern California airport, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

The twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff, went off the runway and burst into flames Wednesday at the Oroville Municipal Airport, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Sacramento.

Along with two pilots, eight executives from Graphics Packaging International survived the crash unharmed, company spokesperson Sue Appleyard confirmed. One executive was CEO Michael Doss.

The company makes packaging and containers for food, drinks and other consumer goods.

The executives were touring company plants on the West Coast, Appleyard said. They had been on their way from the company's plant in Oroville to a plant in Portland, Oregon.

The employees lost their belongings, including phones, laptops and identification, Appleyard said.

The jet had complications during takeoff that resulted in its catching fire, said Joe Deal, Oroville's fire and police chief.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board plan to investigate the incident.

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