WATSONVILLE -- A woman piloting a small sports aircraft Wednesday afternoon lost control while landing a small airplane at Watsonville Municipal Airport, striking a sign and damaging the plane, said an official with Ocean Air Flight Services, which rents aircrafts out.

The woman and a male passenger had rented a plane from the service earlier in the day and were landing the plane around 1:45 p.m., said Armin Monajemi, officer manager for Ocean Air.

The woman, who Armin estimated to be in her 80s, had just touched down in the aircraft when she began to lose control, he said. She veered off to the left of the runway, striking a sign before continuing into the dirt. The nose of the plane collapsed before the plane came to a complete stop, Monajemi said.

Neither the woman nor the passenger were injured, Monajemi said.

He estimated it was 30 seconds to a minute from when she lost control to when the aircraft stopped.

The cause of the crash is being investigate by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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