Saturday, May 07, 2022

Van’s RV-10, N54MG: Fatal accident occurred May 06, 2022 in Sausalito, Marin County, California

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: WPR22FA172

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

Aircraft crashed in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for unknown reasons. 

Date: 06-MAY-22
Time: 21:42:00Z
Regis#: N54MG
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV10
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Flight Crew 1 fatal
Pax 1 fatal 
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Missing: No

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290. 

Jennifer "JJ" Fox

Marin County Sheriff - 

Plane Crash in the Marin Headlands Kills Two - Identities Released.

The decedent’s have been positively identified as:
Michael B. BRIARE, a 57-year-old male from Sacramento, California.

Jennifer Lyn FOX, a 52-year-old female from Sacramento, California.

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Jennifer "JJ" Fox

Mike Briare

Eleazar Nepomuceno, Aviation Accident Investigator
National Transportation Safety Board

The aircraft involved in this tragic accident was removed Sunday by the NTSB for further investigation. The Conzelman Road scenic corridor has reopened following a public safety closure to allow this important operation to take place safely.  Photo approved for use by the media- "Photo Credit- Golden Gate National Recreation Area"

MARIN COUNTY, California  (KPIX) -- Family members on Saturday identified the passenger who died in a small plane crash in the Marin Headlands Friday.

Family told KPIX the passenger was Jennifer Fox of Sacramento, who went by JJ Fox.

Fox was a life coach and a beauty expert who owned a skincare business in Sacramento. Her family said it was a catastrophic loss, especially on this Mother's Day weekend for her son and daughter, both in high school.

The family released a statement reading, "(JJ) was pure love and light and goodness.  This is an enormous loss to our family and our entire close-knit community."

The pilot's family told KPIX they are also devastated. They said they will release his name on Monday. They said the Sacramento man was a loving father and a confident pilot. He and JJ were close friends.

Authorities with the Marin County Coroner's office announced on Friday they had identified the two people killed, but weren't releasing their names pending next of kin notification.

Federal investigators and Marin County authorities said they planned to remove the aircraft from the crash site on Sunday.  

The Vans RV-10 appeared to nosedive and crash into a steep hillside just northwest of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on Friday at 12:09 p.m.

The stunning sight of a crashed aircraft right above a popular scenic lookout point near the intersection of Conzelman Road and McCullough Road caught many tourists by surprise. Instead of snapping photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, many tourists turned around to focus their cameras on the wreckage.

"It's a gruesome scene, that's for sure. It's wild that it's right here, too," said San Francisco resident David Oare.

"Yeah, it's just crazy to see something like that," said Owen Bailey, who was visiting from Georgia.

Authorities said the impact killed both the pilot and passenger.  

"My heart goes out to the families and the friends of the people that were in the aircraft.  We get into this because we love aviation. Aviation is incredibly safe," said Bay Area pilot Aaron de Zafra.

People who visited the Marin Headlands around the time of the crash said it was very foggy.

"Very low visibility, kind of misty," said Bailey.

The National Transportation Safety Board said they're looking at weather conditions and other factors as they try to pinpoint what caused the crash.

"I would encourage any witnesses to report any information that they may have that could be of use to the investigation," said Eleazar Nepomuceno, an NTSB air safety investigator. Nepomuceno said they will release a preliminary report on the crash within 15 business days and the final report within one year.

The park service, the Marin County Sheriff's office, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration are also investigating the crash.  

Jennifer "JJ" Fox

MARIN COUNTY, California  — A parent of a student at Jesuit High School has been identified as one of the two people killed in a small plane crash near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge on Friday.

Jennifer "JJ" Fox was killed in the crash, the school said in a letter to families on Saturday. The school said a friend of Fox also died in the crash. That person has yet to be identified by officials.

An emergency beacon for the Vans RV-10 aircraft was activated at 2:15 p.m., the Golden Gate National Park Service said on social media. The crash happened in the Marin Headlands around 2:40 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday.

The park service said fog was obscuring the area for several hours after the crash. However, it wasn't immediately clear whether weather played a role in the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a news conference on Saturday that weather will be part of the investigation.

The plane had taken off at Sacramento's Executive Airport and traveled through the Delta before doing circles over the bay, NBC Bay Area reports.

Records from the FAA showed the plane was registered to an owner in Sacramento, but KCRA 3 has learned that owner had just recently sold the plane and was not onboard when it crashed.

The FAA and the NTSB are currently investigating.

The NTSB is asking anyone who might have witnessed the crash to email investigators at

No other details were released.

Two people were killed in a small plane crash in the Marin Headlands Friday afternoon, according to officials.

The Vans RV-10 aircraft crashed on a backcountry ridge north of Conzelman Road, away from any trails and roads, according to the FAA and the Golden Gate National Park Service.

An emergency beacon for the plane was activated at about 2:15 p.m., according to the park service. The FAA said the plane crashed around 2:40 p.m.

The park service said fog is "completely obscuring the area and the crash site is closed for the investigation."

NBC Bay Area Aviation Consultant Mike McCarron tracked the plane’s tail number on Flightaware and said, “What I saw was a pretty normal flight path out of Sacramento’s Executive Airport south side of Sacramento down through the Delta above Skaggs Island. Then he starts descending pretty rapidly and started doing circles over the bay … he appeared to be lost in the clouds as I understand it was very foggy the visibility was probably zero.”  

Two people were found dead at a crash site after a small airplane went down in the Marin Headlands area of San Francisco on Friday, KTLA sister station KRON reported.

An emergency beacon was activated for a small aircraft at 2:15 p.m. A search determined the crash site to be on a backcountry ridge north of Conzelman Road, away from roads and trails, the tweet stated.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the aircraft as a single-engine Vans RV-10 in a statement to KRON4. The plane crashed in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge, at approximately 2:40 p.m. local time.

There were two people on board. Both were found deceased at the crash site. Visitor access to the Marin Headlands or traffic are not affected at this time, according to the Park Service.

The crash site is closed for the investigation and the area is obscured by fog, the Park Service tweeted.

An interagency team including the National Park Service, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation. The NTSB is in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates, the FAA told KRON4.

“After investigators verify the aircraft registration number at the scene, the FAA will release it,” the FAA said. The information will be released, usually on the next business day, on this website:

Neither agency involved in the investigation identifies people involved in aircraft accidents. First responders are asking people to avoid the area.