CALAVERAS COUNTY, CA - Cal Fire and Calaveras County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a plane crash just south of the county airport Maury Rasmussen Field Friday afternoon.
Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said the pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, was dead.
The emergency call came in at 3:40 p.m., according to Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Gregor said the aircraft was a home-built, single-engine, Coot A-Amphibian on approach to the airport when it went down.
A photo of the scene showed the plane in pieces.
The Coot Amphibian is designed for water take-offs and landings
The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA will be investigating, Gregor said.
Saturday morning the Calavera's County Coroner's Office identified the pilot as Russell Hackler of Danville.