Fiery Crash in Big Bear City


Editor E T Russell__ 

Big Bear City, CA __ June 22, 2021, a ‘Mayday Aircraft Emergency’ call went out to emergency agencies at approximately 1:15 PM, Tuesday afternoon. Big Bear City neighbors Cheryl Bennett, Dan Lanctot and Kurt Lind heard a loud boom and ran outdoors from their homes assuming that a transformer had blown.  Emergency agencies in the Big Bear Valley responded to the incident location on the north of Big Bear Airport, where a single engine Piper aircraft was found to be on fire. Bennett ran to pull the female passenger out of danger, while the pilot was able to evacuate himself.  The two injured occupants were airlifted by Mercy Air and transported to a trauma center. 

Power outages were reported in several North Shore neighborhoods such as Whispering Pines and Peter Pan including Nana and Meadow streets where the fiery aircraft landed.  



The emergency agencies responded from: Big Bear Airport, California Highway Patrol, Mercy Air, San Bernardino County Fire Department-Fawnskin, San Bernardino County Sheriff 40-King, including SB  County/Big Bear Sheriff Captain Datillo and Bear Valley Electric. Several news agencies also responded to the accident.   

The extent of the two occupants’ injuries is unknown. The accident is being investigated by FAA and NTSB. 

Photo credit to: Big Bear Fire Dept, C. Bennet, E T C