3 Men Die in California Plane Crash

by nph | October 19th, 2011

A Beech 33 Bonanza crashed near Barstow, California, on October 16, 2011

A Beech 33 Bonanza crashed near Barstow, California, on October 16, 2011

October 19, 2011

A pilot and two passengers died on Sunday when their small plane crashed into the California desert during an attempted emergency landing near Barstow, California.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Beech 33 Bonanza took off from North Last Vegas, Nevada, and was due to arrive in Corona, California. The pilot declared an emergency and had been attempting to land at the Barstow-Daggett Airport. Instead the plane went down in unincorporated Newberry Springs, which is about five miles from the airport.

On Monday a San Bernadino County Deputy Coroner Investigator revealed the identities of the victims; among them was a 38-year-old off-road racing champion, his 26-year-old brother, and a 35-year-old male. It’s not immediately clear who piloted the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, the cause of which is not immediately clear.

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