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Pilot walks away from Napa plane crash

A pilot was uninjured Wednesday afternoon after crashing an airplane while attempting to take off from the Napa County Airport, authorities said.

Emergency crews responded to the call at 2:26 p.m. as the pilot failed to take off and crashed into a levee next to the airport, according to Cal Fire. The pilot, whose identity was unavailable, was flying solo.

The aircraft suffered major damage, Cal Fire said. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Bill Swindell

Business, Beer and Wine, The Press Democrat  

In the North Coast, we are surrounded by hundreds of wineries along with some of the best breweries, cidermakers and distillers. These industries produce an abundance of drinks as well as good stories – and those are what I’m interested in writing. I also keep my eye on our growing cannabis industry and other agricultural crops, which have provided the backbone for our food-and-wine culture for generations.

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