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Pilot in Rio Linda plane crash was an endodontist living in Placer County

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 airplane who died when the aircraft crashed into the yard of a Rio Linda home Thursday has been identified by coroner’s deputies.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s website identified the pilot as Marshall Michaelian, 71, of Meadow Vista in Placer County. A Federal Aviation Administration said that Michaelian had departed from Auburn Municipal Airort and was planning to fly to the San Carlos Airport in San Mateo County.

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.

Michaelian, the only person on board, was unresponsive. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department personnel provided medical aid, but Michaelian 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.

Witnesses reported that the home-built plane was southbound at a low altitude, and it struck a power pole and trees as it came down on the property, Turnbull said.

According to the website belonging to Michaelian Endodontrics, Michaelian was an endodontist. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he attended USC, UC San Francisco’s School of Dentristry and Boston University’s School of Graduate Dentistry.

Michaelian shared his practice, which has various locations around the Bay Area, with his son, Marshall J. Michaelian.

Flying is listed as one of his passions in his biography on the site. It states that he completed the Lancair IV-PT in 2004 after 12 years. The doctor was also a member of the group Angel Flight, which arranges free air transportation to carry various health-care supplies.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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