Saturday, July 8, 2017

Cessna 177 Cardinal RG, N7532V: Accident occurred July 07, 2017 near Nut Tree Airport (KVCB), Vacaville, Solano County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aircraft force landed in a field.

Date: 07-JUL-17
Time: 15:29:00Z
Regis#: N7532V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C177
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

VACAVILLE, Calif. (KCRA) — A small plane crashed Friday morning behind a home on Epic Street in Vacaville.

Vacaville fire officials said the pilot had just taken off from the Nut Tree Airport about 8 a.m. when he lost power.

The pilot realized there was no time to reach the 505 freeway to land, so he took action to avoid the homes.

“(I) lost power. Landed straight ahead. Textbook crash,” the pilot told KCRA 3. “(I) did what I had to do … It's what we're trained to do, that's what (I) did.”

As he was walking away from the crash scene, the pilot said he felt OK.

“He did a great thing to stay away from homes and any avoid further damage and injury to other folks,” Vacaville Fire Chief Kris Concepcion said.

Jeremy Slupe said he heard the plane’s engine sputtering and then saw a cloud of a dust just dozens of yards away from a nearby neighborhood.

“(The plane) barely cleared these houses, (it) came in and lucky he's alive,” Slupe said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will take over the investigation.

An investigator said the main focus will be to figure out why the plane lost power in hopes of learning information to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

A pilot survived after his plane went down just north of the Nut Tree Airport, according to the Vacaville Police Department.

The crash happened Friday at around 8:30 a.m. in a field just east of Interstate 505, near the Vaca Valley Parkway.

Police say the pilot's life was saved because he executed an emergency landing, though he did sustain some minor injuries in the crash.  

Officers and paramedics were able to quickly respond to the crash because many community members called dispatch when they saw the plane descend toward the streets and freeway.

"We thank you for your continued partnership to keep Vacaville the safe community it is and to alert us to any situation so we can respond immediately and do our best to help those in need," the department said. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the scene.

VACAVILLE (CBS SF) — A pilot escaped injury early Friday when his small plane crash landed near the Vacaville airport, authorities said.

Authorities said the plane crashed behind a home on Epic Street in Vacaville at around 8 a.m.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Cessna 177 Cardinal RG lost power on its approach to Nut Tree Airport and crash in a grassy area short of the airport.

Authorities said the pilot was not injured. 

The crash remained under investigation.

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