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Pilot dies when plane crashes into yard of Rio Linda home

Emergency personnel responded to the area of 28th and U streets in Rio Linda after a small airplane crashed into the rear yard of a home on Aug. 3, 2017.
Emergency personnel responded to the area of 28th and U streets in Rio Linda after a small airplane crashed into the rear yard of a home on Aug. 3, 2017. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

The pilot of a small home-built airplane died when when the aircraft crashed into the yard of a Rio Linda home Thursday afternoon.

Sgt. Tony Turnbull, Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman, said deputies responded to a report of a plane crash about 3 p.m. on property at 28th and U streets.

The pilot, the only person on board, was unresponsive. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department personnel provided medical aid, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Turnbull said the plane did not damage any structures and no one else was injured.

The plane was a single-engine, home-built Lancair IV-P, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA Registry shows the registered owner of the plane is Pilot Proficiency Inc. of Henderson, Nev.

Tunbull said no information was available on where the flight originated or where the plane was headed. Witnesses reported that the plane was southbound at a low altitude, and it struck a power pole and trees as it came down on the property, he said.

The name of the pilot has not been released.

An investigation will be conducted by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Turnbull said 28th Street is closed between Elverta Road and Elkhorn Boulevard, and U Street is closed between 26th and 30th streets.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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