A small aircraft crashed into the backyard of a home near Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Rio Linda on Thursday afternoon.  The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department later confirmed that pilot of the plane died.

An NTSB investigator went over the plane and crash site on Friday, then plane had to be removed by a crane and flatbed truck on Friday evening after the wings were removed.

Photos by Robert Petersen

News partner KCRA 3 provided an aerial view of the crash site on Thursday, while authorities kept the media and others at a distance on the ground.