Authorities identify 2 killed in crash of small home-built plane in Solano County


Two people died after their single-engine plane, a type of home-built craft used primarily for aerobatics, crashed in Solano County on Thursday morning, authorities said.

The crash occurred at 11:45 a.m. near the Rio Vista Municipal Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport is northwest of Stockton and east of Napa Valley.

A Solano County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said both occupants of the plane were killed. The FAA identified the model of the plane as a Steen Skybolt, a home-built biplane.


The victims have been identified as Jesse Buckner, 33, of Martinez; and Benjamin Shreve, 41, of Concord, county coroner’s officials said Friday.

Aerial footage of the crash site showed the aircraft was painted in bright primary colors with stars and stripes on its wingtips and tail.

No details about the route of the plane were available. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the crash investigation.