A pilot was killed Wednesday afternoon when small experimental aircraft crashed near Interstate 505 in Solano County.

The craft crashed about 4:15 p.m. a few hundred yards off Wolfskill Road north of Putah Creek. Debris from the crash is spread over a half-mile.

Witnesses told investigators that the small fixed-wing single-engine aircraft came from the direction of Winters south toward Vacaville and that while in flight a wing fell off, landing in the center divide of Interstate 505. The aircraft then spiraled out of control crashed off the east side of Interstate 505 on a steep embankment.

Investigators initially thought aircraft was headed for Nut Tree Airport but have since said it was headed to Yolo Airport near Woodland.

The aircraft's tail number "N1959N" is registered with the FAA to Sharman Enterprises, an aircraft shipping firm in Vacaville. The FAA registration lists the aircraft as an Avions Fairey Tipsy Nipper T-66, an experimental exhibition plane.



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