June 17, 2007

Home-built plane crashes in Livermore; two dead

Two people aboard a small airplane died this morning when their home-built Europa XS crashed short of a Livermore Municipal Airport runway.

The aircraft took off from Livermore around 8:30 a.m. and got about 200 to 300 feet off the ground when the pilot made a 180-degree turn in an apparent attempt to come back to the airport, said Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

The plane crashed about 25 yards short of the runway, bursting into flames. The pilot did not file a flight plan, nor did he or she have communications with the air traffic control tower after takeoff, Gregor said. FAA investigators are en route to the crash scene.

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