On Saturday, tragedy struck as a fatal private jet crash claims six lives near Los Angelesafter it caught fire in a field near an airport. Local and federal authorities confirmed the unfortunate incident.
The aircraft involved was a Cessna C550 business jet, which had been en route from Las Vegas before the crash occurred near French Valley Airport in Riverside County. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement stating that the crash took place at approximately 4:15 a.m.
During a press conference, an aviation investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board named Elliott Simpson revealed that all of the victims, including the pilot, were adults. The privately owned aircraft was attempting an instrument landing at the little airfield in the midst of a marine layer weather phenomenon when it fatally crashed roughly 500 feet from the runway.
Simpson mentioned that the weather conditions seemed to have met the minimum standards required for landing at the airport. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The Riverside County sheriff's office has confirmed that all six individuals on board the aircraft were found deceased at the crash site. The victims have been identified as Abigail Tellez-Vargas, 33; Riese Lenders, 25; Manuel Vargas-Regalado, 32; Lindsey Gleiche, 31; Alma Razick, 51; and Ibrahem Razick, 46, as provided by the sheriff's office.
Merely a few days earlier, on July 4, another distressing incident occurred near the same airport, involving a small aircraft carrying four individuals. Tragically, the adult pilot lost their life, while three juveniles sustained injuries, according to authorities.
According to Simpson's account of the latest incident that took place on Saturday, the plane that had recently crashed was completely consumed in flames, with the exception of the aircraft's tail part. A burnt portion of a field near to the airstrip was seen in aerial footage taken by local media. The footage showed charred wreckage that appeared to be the remains of a small aircraft.
Radar data obtained from FlightAware, a flight tracking website, indicated that at the time, there was only one business jet traveling from Las Vegas to French Valley. This particular plane circled near the field before initiating its descent.
Upon responding to the crash, officials from the Riverside County Sheriff's Office discovered a fully engulfed aircraft in flames in a field. Sadly, all six individuals aboard were pronounced deceased at the scene.
The National Transportation Safety Board will continue to investigate the crash, with further updates expected within the next two weeks, stated Simpson. At this time, the names of the deceased have not been released.