KCRA Staff


A pilot was killed in a plane crash Tuesday in Grass Valley near a regional airport, officials said.

The pilot, identified as 30-year-old Ronald Hooper from Rancho Cordova, was pulled from the single-engine plane with severe injuries and taken to the hospital in an air ambulance. The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot later died.


The crash happened around 3:40 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 174 and Meadow Drive, which is about 1.5 miles southwest of Nevada County Airport.

The FAA said the pilot reported engine problems with the Piper PA-38 plane before crashing into trees.

Witnesses told the sheriff’s office the plane lost power before crashing away from homes in the area.

The plane ended up on its top and trapped the pilot inside, the sheriff’s office said. Rescue crews were able to pull the pilot out before taking him to the hospital.

The deadly crash is being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB will determine the cause of the crash.

No other details were released.