Girl arrested for stealing plane and crashing it.

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A 17-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of stealing a plane before crashing it into an airport in California, US authorities say.

The girl, who has not been named, is accused of climbing a fence near Fresno Yosemite International Airport’s maintenance building at around 7.30am on Wednesday, NBC News reports.

She is then alleged to have gained access to a private King 200 propeller-driven aircraft and started one of its engines, Fresno Police Chief Drew Bessinger said.

He added that the plane began to move and pivot but did not become airborne.

The plane was damaged after crashing through a fence and into a nearby building.