Sunday, June 17, 2018

Beech A35 Bonanza, N580B: Fatal accident occurred June 15, 2018 near Hesperia Airport (L26), San Bernardino County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hesperia, CA
Accident Number: WPR18FA171
Date & Time: 06/15/2018, 1700 PDT
Registration: N580B
Aircraft: BEECH A35
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 15, 2018, about 1700 Pacific daylight time, a Beech A35 airplane, N580B, impacted terrain about ¼ mile from the departure end of runway 3 at the Hesperia Airport (L26), Hesperia, California. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The flight was destined for Zamperini Field Airport (TOA), Torrance, California.

Witnesses reported that the pilot conducted a short run up and the takeoff appeared normal until something departed the airplane shortly after it lifted off the ground. The pilot initiated a sharp left turn and the airplane descended below the ridgeline. The airplane subsequently impacted powerlines that were parallel to a road before it impacted the ground.

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEECH
Registration: N580B
Model/Series: A35
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVCV, 2885 ft msl
Observation Time: 1648 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 22 knots / 35 knots, 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hesperia, CA (L26)
Destination: Torrance, CA (TOA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  34.372778, -117.309722 (est)

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Matthew Kaplan(44) and his stepson Parker Gibson (15)

HESPERIA, Calif. (KABC) -- The two people who were killed when a small plane crashed last week have been identified as a father and his stepson.

The family of 44-year-old Matthew Kaplan and his 15-year-old stepson Parker Gibson sent photos of the two to Eyewitness News. They said the two were headed from Hesperia to Torrance at the time of the crash.

Neither had life insurance, and the family is raising money for funeral expenses through a GoFundMe account.

The crash occurred Friday evening on Summit Valley Road, just south of Hesperia Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what caused the plane to go down.

Story and video:

HESPERIA — Two people were killed in a plane crash near the Hesperia Airport Friday afternoon.

First reported at 5:06 p.m., according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials, the crash involved a single-engine aircraft that caught fire after landing in the 7000 block of Summit Valley Road.

“Deputies, fire personnel and medical aid responded and found the downed aircraft on fire,” sheriff’s officials said. “Once the fire was extinguished, personnel determined two confirmed fatalities at this time.”

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said the plane was a Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft that crashed “under unknown circumstances.” Details on where the plane departed from or where it was headed to were not available.

Power lines were reported to be down and a vehicle on Summit Valley Road was struck from debris from the crash. While the vehicle was damaged, no one was hurt, officials said, and no other injuries have been reported.

The section of Summit Valley Road south of Los Flores Road was shut down as the investigation continued. It’s expected to remain closed throughout the night, officials said.Residents are urged to avoid the area.

FAA and NTSB investigators are expected to remain on scene for an investigation, with the NTSB leading the crash investigation. Information on the people on board will come from the Sheriff’s Department.

Original article can be found here:

Two people were dead after a single-engine plane crashed south of Hesperia Airport Friday afternoon.

The Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft had apparently burst into flames upon impact at 7070 Summit Valley Road and sparked a brush fire in the surrounding vegetation, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and authorities in San Bernardino County. However, the flames were extinguished within an hour after the crash, which occurred shortly after 5 p.m.

Both victims were found inside the plane and declared deceased at the scene, San Bernardino County fire officials said. Their identities had not been released.

All that was left of the craft were its charred wings and a smudge of debris on the roadway, aerial video showed.

Some of the wreckage struck a vehicle that was heading down Summit Valley Road at the time, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. Though the car was damaged, its occupants were not harmed.

Southern California Edison also responded to downed wires in the area, authorities said.

Summit Valley Road south of Los Flores Street would be closed through the night as a result, officials said. Commuters and those heading to the airport were advised to use alternate routes.

The crash site was about a quarter mile south of the airport, said Tony Molinaro, a spokesperson for the FAA.

The FAA, National Transportation Safety Board and the Sheriff's Department were responding to the scene to investigate.

Original article can be found here:

Two people were found dead after a small plane crashed on Summit Valley Road in Hesperia and ignited a small spot fire Friday evening, according to San Bernardino County fire officials.

The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza went down shortly after 5 p.m. on Summit Valley Road near Los Flores Road in the area south of Hesperia Airport, according to Eric Sherwin, a county fire spokesman. Firefighters found two occupants inside the plane dead.

The Bonanza “crashed this evening under unknown circumstances” about a quarter mile south of Hesperia Airport,” according to Tony Molinaro, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. He had no information about where the plane was coming from nor where it was headed.

The plane caught fire which ignited a small spot brush fire, Sherwin said. Firefighters were able to knock down the fire by 5:45 p.m.

Southern California Edison personnel are on scene to assist. Southern California Edison personnel was also on scene to assist with downed electrical wires.

A vehicle traveling on Summit Valley Road was damaged when it was struck by debris from the crash, according to a San Bernardino County sheriff’s news release.

Summit Valley Road south of Los Flores was shut down and expected it to remain closed throughout the night, according to sheriff’s officials.

The Aviator Cafe at Hesperia Airport posted a message on Facebook announcing that it would be closed Friday evening due to the plane crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified, according to county fire officials. Officials from both agencies were en route the scene for investigation, sheriff’s officials said in a release sent out just after 7:30 p.m.

Further information about the occupants or what caused the plane to go down wasn’t immediately available.

Hesperia sheriff’s station officials suggested citizens avoid the area while the investigation is underway.

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