Sunday, June 28, 2015

Accident occurred June 28, 2015 near Lake Mathews, California

CORONA -- A single-engine plane hit a cellular telephone tower Sunday, killing a man and hospitalizing a woman near Lake Mathews.

The orange-and-black aircraft crashed about 12:15 p.m. at the base of the tree-like tower and inside a utility enclosure on a hilltop along the 20300 block of Farley Avenue. The area is less than a mile southwest of Lake Mathews.

The man died in the plane.

The woman was ejected during the crash, but remained conscious and summoned authorities, said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Richard Owens.

Aside from the survivor, there are no known witnesses, Owens said.

All major portions of the plane appeared to be at the crash site, he said, though some pieces appeared to have landed in a small, damaged tree just feet from the cell tower. Nearby electric lines appeared intact and undamaged.

There was no fire, fuel leak or smell of gasoline, said Owens.

The wreckage continued to dangle from the cellular tower hours after the incident as authorities waited for utility workers TO arrive and switch off the tower's electrical supply.

The cause the crash remained unclear. Federal crash investigators were scheduled to arrive about 7 p.m. to begin their investigation.


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