Small plane crashes just outside of Grass Valley, killing pilot

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9:35 p.m.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office says the pilot of the small plane that crashed near the intersection of Highway 174 and Meadow Drive died from his injuries.

He was identified as 30-year-old Ronald Hooper from Rancho Cordova, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office says the dispatch center received multiple 911 calls about Hooper’s plane crashing in an undeveloped lot. Witnesses later told investigators they saw the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk lose power before the crash.

Emergency responders had to rescue Hooper, who was badly injured and trapped in the upside-down cockpit, according to the sheriff’s office.

He was flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, were he died from his injuries.

The sheriff’s office says it is awaiting the arrival of FAA and NTSB investigators.


Original story below:

NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — First responders are at the site of a plane crash just outside of Grass Valley.

The Federal Aviation Administration says around 3:40 p.m., a Piper PA-38 Tomahawk crashed into some trees 1.5 miles away from the Nevada County Airport.

Prior to the crash, the FAA says the pilot had reported experiencing engine problems.

The Peardale Chicago Park Fire Protection District reports the small, single-engine plane crashed near Meadow Drive and Highway 174 in Nevada County.

A photograph posted by the fire department shows the plane upside-down in a field.

The condition of the pilot, who was the only person on board, has not been reported.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies will be at the scene “for an extended amount of time,” according to fire officials.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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