GRASS VALLEY, Nevada County (CBS SF/AP) — An Air Force captain was killed in the crash of the small plane he was piloting near an airport in Northern California on Tuesday, authorities said.
Capt. Ronald Hooper, 30, of Rancho Cordova, suffered severe injuries in the crash that occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. near Grass Valley area and died at a hospital, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said.READ MORE: Two Injured After Car Careens Into San Francisco Parklet Raising Safety Concerns
No one else was aboard.
The crash site was about 1 1/2 miles from Nevada County Airport.READ MORE: Family Holds Vigil, Seeks Accountability From Alameda Police Following In-Custody Death Of Mario Gonzalez
Hooper, who served at Travis Air Force base, reported engine problems with the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk before it crashed into some trees, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccines: Santa Clara Set To Deliver 1 Millionth Dose Amid Supply Influx - 'Something To Celebrate'
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