PLACERVILLE -- A San Jose man was killed and his brother seriously injured when their single-engine plane crashed while trying to land at a small El Dorado County airport Saturday, authorities said.
The crash was reported just before 7 p.m. that evening outside Swansboro Country Airport, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.
Police dispatchers were alerted by someone who got a cellphone call from the pilot, who reported the plane had gone down. Responding deputies located the crash site in a field a short distance from the airport, near Yankee John Court and Highgrade Street, in the Swansboro community on the outskirts of Placerville.
According to a brief statement by the Federal Aviation Administration, "a single-engine, home-built Starduster Too crashed under unknown circumstances."
Deputies found two men inside the plane. One of the occupants, 52-year-old San Jose resident Perry Nieland, was airlifted to the hospital, where he died of his injuries. His brother, 55-year-old Richard Nieland of South San Jose, the registered owner of the plane, suffered serious injuries.
The Sheriff's Office said the plane had circled the airport with the aim of landing then disappeared from sight.
Who was at the controls of the plane was not immediately released. An investigation into the crash is being conducted by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.