Visiting couple killed after plane crashes in Napa vineyard

A small aircraft crashed into a Napa vineyard on Friday morning, Cal Fire confirmed to SFGATE. Alexandru Cuznetov / TNS

LATEST July 20, 8 a.m. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims of the crash as pilot Robert Nicholas, 73, of Murieta, Calif., and passengers Shauna and James Waite, both 37, of Arlington, Va. 

Nicholas is the father of Shauna Waite, per local news reports. The Waites leave behind a one-year-old son, who was not on the plane.

A small aircraft crashed into a Napa County vineyard Friday morning, Cal Fire confirmed to SFGATE. 

The crash occurred about 8:44 a.m. near the Angwin Airport off Los Posadas Road, Cal Fire said. 

According to fire officials, the crash spurred a small fire in the vineyard, which was extinguished quickly. 

The Napa County Sheriff’s Office said three people were on the plane. It did not release the conditions of the pilot or the two passengers on board.

William Odegard said on Twitter that he witnessed the aftermath of the crash while walking the dog in Las Posadas Forest. He said he “heard a bang” and saw a “plume of black smoke.” 

Both Cal Fire and the Napa County Sheriff’s Office are at the scene. 

There have been multiple plane crashes in and around the Bay Area this month. On Thursday, a small plane crashed in a wooded area near Dinsmore Airport, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said. The two passengers in the fixed-wing single-engine plane are feared dead after the plane crashed and caught fire. 

Earlier in the week, a small plane crashed into a house in Monterey, engulfing at least one home in flames. No one was inside the residence at the time of the Tuesday crash. Two women who were on the plane were killed.

This story is developing and will be updated. 

Bay City News contributed to this report. 

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