A California man piloting a single-engine plane that left Brookings Monday died when the plane crashed that night in Marin County, north of San Francisco, officials said.
The pilot, a Redwood City resident, was flying to San Carlos when he reported engine trouble at 9:30 p.m., according to the FAA. The man has not been identified pending notification of next of kin.
The pilot used his radio to report that he would try to make it to Gnoss Field in Novato. Radio contact was lost shortly after that.
At 10 p.m., fire crews responding to a grass fire in Marin County on the border of Petaluma and Navato found the plane wreckage.
The FAA believe the pilot was the only one on board.
According to flightware.com, an online plane tracking service, the aircraft was described as a Beechcraft 35 Bonanza. The tail number is N1160T. It is registered to a Robert Madge, but officials have not determined whether the owner was the one flying the plane.