By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: San Bernardino County Fire Department (Information and Press Release):
Picture: San Bernardino County Fire Department (Courtesy):
San Bernardino, California: The San Bernardino County Fire Department has released publicly information regarding an aircraft crash that occurred Santa Ana riverbed just west of Cooley Court on Friday, November 13th, 2020.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, just after 8:00 p.m. PT, San Bernardino County Fire’s crash station at San Bernardino International Airport was notified by the control tower of an incoming aircraft with a declared emergency. A pilot had announced an engine failure with intentions to land on Runway 6.
While units were responding, the control tower stated it had lost both radio and visual contact with the aircraft approximately one mile southwest of the field.
With no additional 911 calls to assist in locating the site, fire units began a hasty search of the industrial properties in the area. San Bernardino Sheriff’s helicopter, 40-KING, was requested and ultimately located the incident in the Santa Ana riverbed near East Cooley Drive and Cooley Court.
San Bernardino County Fire Department responded with five engines, one truck company, an ARFF crash rig, one water tender, a HazMat team, and two chief officers totaling 31 personnel.
ZachNews has learned the a film crew with the A&E program Live Rescue filmed was there with firefighters during the incident.
Firefighters hiked to the scene and located an adult male trapped in a Cessna 152 which had sustained heavy damage during the crash. The victim was removed from the wreckage and carried out to additional personnel.
There was no post-incident fire. A fuel leak was mitigated before it had the chance to travel into the river. Conflicting reports led to a search of the area for an additional victim before confirmation was obtained that the pilot was in fact the sole occupant.
The victim was transported to an area trauma center for treatment of potentially life threatening injuries. No additional injuries were reported to firefighters or civilians.
The scene has been turned over to San Bernardino City Police Department with notifications to the FAA and NTSB.
Thank you and great work to all of the firefighters, medical personal and law enforcement deputies and officers who responded to the incident.
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