Local and federal authorities have confirmed that all six individuals on a private Plane were killed after the aircraft crash and caught fire in a field close to an airport in the vicinity of Los Angeles on Saturday.
According to a statement released by the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane, a Cessna C550 business jet, was in route from Las Vegas when it went down around 4:15 a.m. local time near French Valley Airport in Riverside County. This location is approximately 85 miles (137 km) south of Los Angeles.
Elliott Simpson, an aviation investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, stated at a news briefing that all of the people who were killed in the crash were adults. This included both the passengers and the pilot.
According to Simpson, a privately owned aircraft that was attempting an instrument landing at the small airport when a marine layer weather phenomenon descended over the region resulted in the aircraft crashing around 500 feet off the runway.
According to him, it seemed as though the conditions had satisfied the minimum requirements for a landing at the airport.
Just a few days earlier, on July 4, a light aircraft that had four people on board crashed close to the same airport. According to the police, the adult pilot was killed in the crash, and three children were injured.
Simpson reported that the fire that broke out after the crash on Saturday devoured the whole aircraft, save for the tail section.
A video taken from above and provided by the local media shows a heap of charred debris in the shape of a plane in the corner of the field that is directly across the road from the airstrip.
According to data compiled by the aircraft tracking website FlightAware’s radar, there is just one business jet currently flying between Las Vegas and French Valley at this time. Before beginning its descent, that plane made one circuit in the vicinity of the field.
According to the sheriff’s office in Riverside County, which is where the French Valley Airport is situated, officials who responded to the crash located an aircraft completely engulfed in flames in a field, and all six of the occupants of the aircraft were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
A private plane crash killing six individual on board, according to Simpson, the investigation into the collision will continue to be carried out by the National Transportation Safety Board, and additional findings are anticipated within the next two weeks. He did not make the identities of those who had passed away public.