VACAVILLE — Mechanical failure of the wheel caused a fixed-wing amphibious aircraft to veer off the runway at the Nut Tree Airport Monday afternoon.
The pilot, who was the only occupant, was not injured in the midafternoon crash, said Daryl Snedeker, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The aircraft sustained some damage to the wheel area, Snedeker said.
The report was taken about 2:45 p.m. when temperatures were soaring past 100 degrees. The pilot, according to Snedeker, was believed to be based out of Fresno and was passing through the area.
The aircraft sat, right side up, embedded in the tall brown grass for about an hour before a tractor was used to pull it back onto the runway.
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