Passengers Survive Cessna Down


LEFT: Forest Service rescuers hike into the canyon to assist with victims of Cessna 172S crash, be hoisted to CHP Helicopter.  RIGHT: San Bernardino County Fire Station #96 Fawnskin Incident Commander Thomas and Firefighter Callaway. 

Below - Plane Recovery Video by Richard Millener 

__E T Russell ____ San Bernardino County Fire Department received a 9-1-1 call at approximately 2:00 P.M., from the California Highway Patrol reporting an aircraft had crashed west of Glory Ridge and State Route 18. Immediately, San Bernardino County Running Springs Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service and Big Bear Fire Department were dispatched to the crash site.

California Highway Patrol helicopters responded with Helicopters to assist in the rescue efforts and quickly located the downed aircraft from the air, while Forest Service Hot Shots ground crews hiked deep to the rough terrain into the canyon. A San Bernardino County Sheriff Paramedic was lowered from the helicopter down to the crash site and found three people, one male and two females with minor to moderate injuries. All three victims were hoisted by helicopter to waiting ambulances at the Snow Valley Ski Resort. One victim was transported by CHP helicopter due to their injuries to Loma Linda Trauma Center.

According to the press release by the San Bernardino County Fire Department PIO Marc Peebles, no information on flight plan was available. 

 L A Times states, ‘In a typical NTSB inquiry, a preliminary report that provides an outline of the facts of the crash is released about two weeks after the investigation begins. A conclusive report can take as long as 18 months to complete.’

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