Small-engine & Occupants 

 SAFE at Santa’s Village

 In the San Bernardino Mountains


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By E T Russell____  Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at approximately 11:30 A.M., the Twin Peaks Station and San Bernardino County Fire Personnel were dispatched to Sky Park at Santa’s Village, distress call of a small aircraft with four passengers aboard, emergency landing in the parking lot.

The small, single-engine aircraft later identified as a Mooney, departed the San Bernardino Airport with destination the Big Bear Airport at Big Bear Lake, California.


According to the pilot and occupants, the Mooney experienced some severe downward drafts shortly after take-off. Unable to gain the proper altitude to return to the San Bernardino Airport safely, the pilot made the decision to perform an emergency landing on a dirt berm located in the northwest corner of the parking lot.

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Twin Peaks Station and the Sheriff’s Aviation Division also quickly responded to the scene.   

All four occupants were able to exit the plane; although the pilot and front passenger sustained minor injuries, while two rear passengers were unharmed. EMT trained staff from Sky Park quickly rendered medical aid to the injured parties and stabilized them.  San Bernardino County Fire Department-Running Springs Fire transported the two injured parties to a local area hospital.   

Sheriff McMahon logo.jpg   Sheriff Deputy Olivas of the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Twin Peaks Station assisted with the investigation.

  AIR National_Transportation_Safety_Brd.jpg  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB   and the FAA Federal_Aviation_Administration.jpgFederal Aviation Administration were notified of the incident and will be conducting an investigation.

If anyone has additional information about the aircraft incident, please Sheriff Deputy Olivas at the Twin Peaks Station 909-336-0600.