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Pilot dies after wing separates from plane

By From page A2 | February 14, 2013

By Danny Bernardini

A pilot died Wednesday in a plane crash outside Vacaville after a wing separated during flight.

Several witnesses saw the plane spiral downward about 4:20 p.m. and crash near Interstate 505, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Chris Parker.

The pilot was male, Parker said. No other information about his identity was released pending notification of family.

Parker said the plane left the Yolo County Airport northwest of Davis and was heading south toward the Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville. Witnesses reported seeing a wing separate from the plane before the crash.

The plane came to rest about 30 feet from the highway near Wolfskill Road and the wing landed in a median north of the crash site. The pilot was declared dead at the scene.

Emergency crews blocked off a portion of I-505 near the crash site for about 50 minutes as the responded to the crash.

Parker said officials with the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the crash jointly with the CHP. He said the Federal Aviation Administration would coordinate the investigation.

— Reach Danny Bernardini at [email protected]

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