FAIRFIELD — A pilot died Wednesday in a plane crash outside Vacaville after a wing separated during flight.
Several witnesses saw the plane spiral downward around 4:20 p.m. and crash near Interstate 505, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Chris Parker.
The pilot was male, Parker said. No other information about the pilot’s identity was released pending notification of family.
Parker said the plane left Yolo Airport near Davis and was heading south toward Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville. Witnesses reported seeing a wing separate from the plane before the spiral.
It came to rest about 30 feet from the interstate near Wolfskill Road. 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 they worked the scene.
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.
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