The pilot died when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday in central California, authorities said.
The Cessna 414 with just one person aboard crashed around 2 p.m. near Modesto City-County Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office said one person was declared dead at the scene.
Modesto Police Sgt. Robert Gumm said the twin-engine plane was taking off when it experienced some kind of malfunction.
Photos by the Modesto Bee showed wreckage spread across a wooded area east of the city’s downtown.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.