Friends and family of two local men killed in the crash of an aerobatic aircraft near the Rio Vista Airport on Thursday are rallying to help family members deal with their loss.
Benjamin Shreve, 41, of Concord, and Jesse Buckner, 33, of Martinez, were aboard a Steen Skybolt biplane when it crashed into a field north of the Asta Construction Co. quarry and east of the airport.
Both men were declared deceased at the scene.
The Solano County Sheriff’s office reported the crash at about 11:45 a.m., ground units led to the crash site by an unidentified pilot who orbited the scene.
A National Transportation Safety Board investigator arrived in Rio Vista on Friday to begin the agency’s inquiry into the crash. A preliminary report is expected in two to three weeks.
Meanwhile, friends and relatives of Shreve – a professional pilot and Concord native – organized a GoFundMe account on behalf of his wife, a local teacher, and children, ages 2 and 7 years.
Friends called Shreve an “all around great guy” and expressed hope that his children might receive sufficient funding for their respective futures.