Plane stolen from East Bay airport crashes

A plane crashed near a canal close to Fresno on Sunday and the man who flew the plane allegedly stole it.

February 7, 2012 1:24:59 AM PST
Federal authorities are investigating a fatal crash, involving a plane that was stolen from the East Bay.

The plane went down along a canal near Fresno Sunday. It is registered to a Walnut Creek insurance agent who told investigators his plane was stolen on Thursday from Buchanan Field in Concord.

The owner was stunned by what he saw at the crash scene and couldn't figure out why his plane was stolen, over some bigger and faster ones nearby.

The thief, who was killed in the crash, has so far been identified only as a parolee in his 40s or 50s.