Saturday, February 9, 2019

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N20556: Fatal accident occurred February 05, 2019 in Morongo Valley, Riverside County, California

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California 

Crashed under unknown circumstances into side of canyon. 

Flying Academy Los Angeles

Date: 05-FEB-19

Time: 18:16:00Z
Regis#: N20556
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172M
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

MORONGO VALLEY, California- - The pilot and passenger of a plane that crashed near Morongo Valley Tuesday night died in the crash, as confirmed by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The pilot was a man and the passenger was a woman. Their identities have not been released.

News Channel 3 confirmed that there was evidence that a female passenger was onboard the flight that crashed near Morongo Valley Wednesday night, according to a National Transportation Board official. 

The evidence appeared to be the luggage of a female passenger.

Crews have already been up to crash scene of the aircraft and removed the wreckage from the mountain Thursday. 

The Cessna 172P Skyhawk crashed 'under unknown circumstances' around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday into the side of a canyon, according to information sent to News Channel 3 by a Federal Aviation Administration official. The plane departed San Gabriel Valley Airport bound for North Las Vegas airport at 5:30 p.m.

News Channel 3 has been in touch with the family of a woman who has not been heard from since taking a private flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas during the same time frame as the plane's crash.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is urged to local authorities. 

Original article can be found here ➤

The pilot of a small airplane was killed when the craft slammed into the side of a canyon near Morongo Valley on Tuesday, authorities said Wednesday morning.

The identity of the Cessna 172P Skyhawk pilot was not disclosed by authorities.

"We’re still hiking to the plane, which is a secluded area," Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Mike Vasquez said about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities planned to remove the aircraft Wednesday morning.

The crashed happened about 600 feet north of Highway 62 near the Riverside-San Bernardino county line, said Terri Kasinga, spokeswoman for Caltrans District 8.

The single-engine plane was believed to carry just the pilot. It departed San Gabriel Valley Airport Tuesday about 5:30 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. It was headed to North Las Vegas Airport.

Shortly after takeoff, about 6:15 p.m., the plane crashed into the side of a canyon about 12 miles north-northwest of the Palm Springs International Airport. 

More details on the plane crash are still being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board. 

Highway 62's right lane is being closed between Hess Boulevard and an area north of Indian Canyon Drive. 

Original article can be found here ➤

MORONGO VALLEY — The bodies of a man and a woman were found in the wreckage of a plane crash in the hills near Morongo Valley, the Riverside Sheriff’s Department announced.

The Cessna 172P Skyhawk crashed into the side of a canyon Tuesday evening; it was reported at 6:53 p.m., said Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Robyn Flores.

She confirmed the pilot, who has not been identified yet, died on the scene. On Thursday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Department announced that another victim had been found as well.

The Cessna 172P Skyhawk was registered to Flying Academy Los Angeles, located in Corona. Managers for the flying school have not returned phone messages from the Hi-Desert Star.

The remote location of the crash, in the canyons between Morongo Valley and the Coachella Valley, made recovery especially difficult, according to the various agencies responding.

Caltrans closed the right lane of westbound Twentynine Palms Highway from Hess Boulevard in Morongo Valley to Indian Canyon Avenue on the other side of the Morongo Grade for the investigation.

Responders from the Sheriff’s Department, Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board staged their equipment near the highway at Indian Canyon Road, Flores said.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigates aviation accidents, but word on the cause of the crash is not expected soon. The board routinely does not announce a cause for 12 to 18 months after an accident.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No fire but lateral crush damage. Looks like fuel starvation and attempt to prolong the glide. A bad situation to be at night... if this is when it crashed.