A private fixed wing plane crashed near the Swansboro Airport in Placerville on Saturday evening.
According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, their dispatch center got a call around 7 p.m. from somebody who said they had a phone call with the pilot of a private plane that had crashed near the Swansboro airport. Deputies were able to respond and eventually found the accident scene near the airport.
The plane had two passengers, both men. One of the men was airlifted to a hospital for treatment, and police currently do not know his condition. The other man was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is not known at this time. No other people were hurt in the crash, and no buildings were damaged.
The plane was headed for the Swansboro airport. The plane circled the airport once and then disappeared out of sight. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be investigating the cause of the crash.
A coroners investigation has also been initiated to identify the dead man and determine the cause of his death.
Deputies are still on the scene and are investigating. The airport was closed for a very short time but is currently open.
At this time there is no further information regarding the incident.
Ben Deci Contributed to this Report.
Greg Cotta filed this report.