California Skydiving Plane Flips in Vineyard

Just what caused a skydiving plane carrying 17 passengers to flip over in a vineyard remains under investigation in San Joaquin County.

No passengers were injured.

The single-engine plane experienced trouble shortly after taking off from the Parachute Center skydiving school north of Lodi, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said in a statement.

The pilot tried returning the Cessna 208 to the airport, Gregor said.

But William Dause, who operates the skydiving center, says the plane flipped over when it clipped a grapevine wire on approach.

The pilot suffered a "minor injury," according Gregor.

A skydiving center official described the injury as a bloody nose.

The crash occurred Thursday afternoon in a field just east of Highway 99 between Galt and Lodi, the newspaper reported.

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