FAA Flight Standards District Office: Los Angeles
Aircraft force landed.
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE33
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
POMONA >> Two people walked away with minor injuries after a small airplane crashed or made a hard landing at the Fairplex in Pomona on Wednesday evening.
The incident was first reported at 6:42 p.m. at the Fairplex, which is just across Fairplex Drive from Brackett Field in La Verne, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Cheryl Simms said.
Details of the incident were not yet clear, however, firefighters treated one person for apparently minor injuries, she said.
The Beech F33A Bonanza experienced engine failure near Brackett Field, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.
“The pilot made an emergency landing near the race track grandstands,” Gregor said. “Neither of the two people on board was seriously injured.”
There was substantial damage to the plane, he said.
Pomona police officials received no 911 calls reporting the emergency landing, Lt. Alex Rilloraza said in a written statement.
“The police helicopter was in the area and advised of a possible aircraft down on the property,” according to the lieutenant.
The plane’s two occupants sustained minor injuries only and were walking on their own accord, Rilloraza said. “Both subjects were treated at the scene and released.”
Firefighters also dealt with fuel that was leaking fuel after the incident, police said.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are conducting an investigation, officials said. An NTSB official had nothing new to report Thursday.
FAA records show the airplane is registered to a Rancho Cucamonga man. The aircraft, manufactured in 1977, has a valid flight status through the end of 2018.
The aircraft was heading to Cable Airport in Upland from Selma Airport, Gregor said.
No further details were available.
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A pilot and his mother were thankful to have survived after his small plane made a hard landing Wednesday on a race track at the Fairplex in Pomona.
The emergency landing occurred about 6:40 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
"The engine just stopped," said Dawn Christensen, who was almost home with her son Derek Christensen from central California.
The plane was a Beech F33A Bonanza that experienced engine failure while en route to Cable Airport in Upland from Selma Airport near Fresno, according to Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration.
"Then I heard him say, 'I don't think we're going to make it,'" Dawn Christensen said.
Derek Christensen radioed the tower at Brackett Field in La Verne, adjacent to the Pomona fairgrounds.
He put the plane down near the fairgrounds' race track grandstand, Gregor said.
"Instead of being scared, you fall back on your training and you do the best you can," Derek Christensen said.
The pair was not seriously hurt and were expected to come back home safe to Rancho Cucamonga.
"My plane is totaled, but at least I am still alive and my passenger is still alive," he said.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department was at the scene for a fuel leak from the Beechcraft. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash.
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“My plane is totaled, but at least I’m still alive and my passenger is still alive.”
Pilot Dereck Christensen and his mother weren’t even seriously hurt. They were returning from a trip to Fresno when his single-engine Beechcraft lost power, just as he was preparing to land at Cable Airport in Upland.
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