Reports: Auburn mayor killed in Saturday plane crash near Auburn Airport |

Reports: Auburn mayor killed in Saturday plane crash near Auburn Airport

UPDATE: 9:15 PM.

The Auburn Journal and the Sacramento Bee are reporting that the family of Auburn Mayor Dr. Bill Kirby says he was killed in Saturday morning’s airplane crash.

According to the Auburn Journal, the single-engine plane Kirby, 72, was aboard crashed about 10:30 a.m. Saturday shortly after departing Auburn Municipal Airport. A second passenger, who has not been identified, sustained minor injuries, according to Cal Fire.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash. It was not known if Kirby was piloting the small plane, the Journal reports.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Kirby had decided Monday to step down after making social media posts comparing supporters of President Donald Trump to the Ku Klux Klan.

Kirby was a urologist and Auburn city councilman since 2009, the Bee reported. A Facebook post from Sacramento political consultant Jeff Raimundo carried a statement from the Kirby family confirming he was the victim. Photos provided by the Sheriff’s Office show flames in a field with scattered shrapnel near the airport.


The Placer County Sheriffs Office is currently investigating the scene of a plane crash that occurred just after 11 a.m. Saturday morning near the Auburn Airport.

The County’s CART (Critical Accident Investigation Team) and detectives are on location and the National Transportation Safety Board will be participating in the investigation virtually due to COVID-19.

Media Public Information Officers are at Tractor Supply at Highway 49 and Dry Creek Road.

Check back for updates on this breaking news event.

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