Sacto 9-1-1
February 14, 2013
Pilot who died after plane lost wing and crashed near Winters is identified

Staff and wire reports

WINTERS - Authorities say one person is dead after a small plane lost a wing and crashed just feet from a Northern California freeway.

California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker says witnesses told authorities that after the single-engine plane lost the wing, the rest of the plane went into a spiral.

Parker says the plane crashed about 30 feet off the side of Interstate 505, while the wing of the plane landed in the center divider of the freeway.

The pilot - the only person on board - was killed in the crash. The pilot was identified today as Jeffrey Sharman, 68, of Vacaville.
There were no injuries to anyone on the ground.

The crash took place around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday near Winters, a rural community on the Solano County-Yolo County line, about 30 miles west of Sacramento.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane was an experimental Avions Fairey Tipsy Nipper T-66.

Staff writer Bill Lindelof contributed to this AP report.

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