CHICO, California – A car crashed through a chain link fence and ended up crashing into an antique plane at the Chico Air Museum.
At around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, Chico police said a student driver mistook the accelerator pedal for the brake pedal when turning.
The driver then jumped off the curb in the fenced yard of the Chico Air Museum and collided with a plane.
Air museum chairman Brian Baldridge said it would take hours of volunteer work to get the plane back to its original condition.
“It’s a really rare plane, and the pity is that it’s pretty damaged,” he explained. “The horizontal stabilizer and tail cone section are going to require hundreds, if not thousands of sheet metal hours to get it back to where it was. “
Baldridge said it had already taken them a long time to get this plane to where it was, but said they would be able to fix it.
Police said the driver and passenger of the car were not injured in the crash.