One person dead in plane crash in Concord near Kirker Pass Road

CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) -- A plane crashed in a hilly area near Concord Tuesday afternoon, killing the lone person on board, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

Contra Costa Fire Protection District fire Inspector Steve Aubert said someone reported that they saw a plane go down near Kirker Pass Road in the area of Nortonville Road around 12:30 p.m. He says there were reports that the plane might have clipped power lines before crashing.

They say the small plane crashed, causing a brush fire that grew to a quarter-acre, but has since been put out. Fire officials say the recent helped keep the rain from spreading into a massive fire.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the crash occurred about 6 miles east of Buchanan Field Airport in Concord and that the plane was a Beechcraft Bonanza that was destroyed in a post-crash fire.

Gregor said more information about the circumstances of the crash were not immediately available.

The pilot was the only person aboard the plane and FAA officials have not yet confirmed a registration number for the aircraft, Gregor said.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the plane crash, according to Gregor.
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