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Pilot killed in Riverside plane crash


Last updated 3/16/2019 at 7:09pm

RIVERSIDE - One person was killed when a small, twin-engine plane crashed into the backyard of a home in Riverside on Saturday, March 16, fire officials said.

The plane went down around 11:50 a.m. in the 10500 block of Robinson Avenue near Norwood Avenue in the La Sierra Acres neighborhood, the Riverside City Fire Department said.

The pilot, who was the aircraft's sole occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Beechcraft BE50 was flying from Chino to Apple Valley when the pilot reported engine issues to the Riverside Municipal Airport tower, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Only a short amount of time passed between the distress call and the crash, Riverside City Police Officer Ryan Railsback said.

The pilot reported "some sort of engine problem on the aircraft,'' RCFD Capt. Brian Guzzetta said.

The home on the property where the plane crashed sustained some damage, but there were no reports of anyone on the ground being injured.

"There was very minor damage done to the home from the aircraft -- a tree, a patio and fence -- but very minor damage considering the proximity of where the aircraft went down,'' Guzzetta said.

A photo posted on social media by a resident near the crash site shows what appears to be the wing of a small plane in a backyard.

Robinson Avenue between Norwood and Chadbourne avenues would be closed for several hours, according to Riverside police.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash.

"We were surprised and grateful that it wasn't a larger incident than it was,'' said Guzzetta.


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