BYRON, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say the pilot of an experimental aircraft is dead after his plane crashed near Byron Airport in Contra Costa County.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the single-engine Glasair lll crashed in a field about 4.5 miles northeast of the airport and burst into flames around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee says the pilot, the only person on board, was killed in the crash. The pilot's name has not been released.
Gregor says the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, with the NTSB being the lead agency.
FAA records show the plane was "amateur built" in 2008, and is registered out of Fernley, Nev.
Byron Airport is located in a rural section of far eastern Contra Costa County about 20 miles northeast of Livermore.