A pilot got killed Thursday afternoon in a small plane crash in the backyard of a home in Sacramento County.
The single engine plane was a home built Lancair IV-P. The plane, according to witnesses, was flying at low altitude before it hit a power pole, went through the trees and slammed into a chicken coop in a yard.
According to local and federal officials, the small plane crash happened near McClellan Airfield in Rio Linda. It is a rural area and the property is surrounded by farmland and equestrian lots.
The pilot was found unresponsive when the deputies reached the crash site at around 3 PM. They immediately started the life saving measures, but soon pronounced him dead at the scene.
The pilot was the only person on board the four seat Lancair IV-P. No one else was hit or injured on the ground as the home near the crash was empty.
In other news update, a report released by federal investigators on a plane crash July 1 in northern Wisconsin that killed six people reveals that the plane broke apart before it hit the ground.
A Cessna 421C crashed near Catawba, a village in Price County at 1:53 PM and it debris was scattered over a quarter mile area.
The evidence collected at the crash site shows that the main fuselage crashed nose first into the ground, as per National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The tail portion of the plane was found nearly 1,200 meters from most of the debris, while the engine of the airplane was found in a nine foot deep crater.
In another report from federal investigators, the plane that slammed in Utah on Interstate Highway made some strange sounds at the time of takeoff and apparently found it difficult to maintain altitude, before crashing and killing four people on board.
As per preliminary reports from NTSB, just few seconds before the crash, the pilot Layne Clarke called the air traffic controller that he is going down.
It will take more than a year to find the real cause of the crash, said NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss.
Read complete report here: WashingtonPost