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Plane Carrying 17 Skydivers Crashes In Lodi Vineyard

(AP) - Authorities say a small plane taking 17 passengers skydiving in Northern California made a hard landing and ended upside-down in a vineyard, leaving only the pilot with minor injuries.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said that shortly after takeoff from an airstrip near Lodi, the single-engine plane experienced engine trouble.

Gregor says the pilot tried to return the Cessna 208 to the airport.

He says it clipped a car, causing it to crash just short of the airport and landing upside-down.

Gregor says that nobody on the ground was hurt.

Authorities are investigating what happened.