Fatal plane crash next to Northern California freeway
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:41 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:41 a.m.
WINTERS — Authorities say one person is dead after a small plane lost a wing and crashed just feet from a Northern California freeway.
California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker says witnesses told authorities that after the single-engine plane lost the wing, the rest of the plane went into a spiral.
Parker says the plane crashed about 30 feet off the side of Interstate 505, while the wing of the plane landed in the center divider of the freeway.
The pilot — the only person on board — was killed in the crash. The pilot's name has not been released.
There were no injuries to anyone on the ground.
The crash took place around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday near Winters, a rural community on the Solano County-Yolo County line, about 30 miles west of Sacramento.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane was an experimental Avions Fairey Tipsy Nipper T-66.