Pilot Killed After Small Plane Crashes Near Sacramento

Claudine Rigal
Août 6, 2017

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified the pilot as 71-year-old Marshall Michaelian.

The crash occurred Thursday near McClellan Airfield, a former U.S. Air Force base about 10 miles northeast of downtown Sacramento.

The pilot was the only person on board the plane at the time. He says the plane crashed near chicken coops roughly 100 feet from a home and took down several power lines.

The incident was investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Investigators were not certain whether the plane had already experienced technical difficulties, or if the crash was a result of pilot error. The home was empty and no one else was injured.

The aircraft was a single-engine, home-built Lancair IV-P.

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