By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (Public Information, Press Release and Twitter Post):
Essex, California: A plane had to make an emergency landing in the desert in the the Stepladder Mountains on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 after running out of fuel.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at approximately 8:37 p.m. PT, deputies from the Colorado River Station were notified of a possible downed plane.
It was discovered that Jewel Dixon had run out of fuel while piloting his fixed wing, single engine Cessna.
Dixon was forced to conduct an emergency landing approximately 20 miles south of the I-40 freeway in the BLM area of the Stepladder Mountains east of Essex.
These pictures from ZachNews shows San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station and California Highway Patrol searching for the plane in the desert.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, upon landing, Dixon’s aircraft flipped over and came to rest upside down.
Sheriff’s Aviation Division responded to the crash site and discovered Dixon had sustained only minor injuries.
Sheriff’s Aviation personnel retrieved Dixon and flew him to awaiting deputies at the intersection of Water Road and I-40.
There, he was evaluated by paramedics and transported to the Colorado River Medical Center in Needles, California for further treatment.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy J. Wagner at the Colorado River Station at 909-326-9200.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
** Press Release: **
** Twitter Post: **
Deputies responded to a plane down east of Essex; plane ran out of fuel and the pilot made an emergency landing https://t.co/ZDC7tJ8tFB
— SBCSD Colorado River Station (@CORiverStation) March 5, 2020