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UPDATE: Two injured in small plane crash in Agua Dulce

Posted: June 20, 2014 2:41 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2014 5:23 p.m.

Investigators examine a light plane that crashed in Agua Dulce on Friday. Two people were seriously injured and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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A small plane crashed into brush-covered terrain in Agua Dulce on Friday, seriously injuring its two occupants and knocking down power lines.

The two people who were aboard the plane, a man and a woman, were airlifted to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and reported in serious condition.

The light craft went down around 2 p.m. near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Shady Lane Road about a mile and a half from Agua Dulce Airpark, county fire Inspector Keith Mora said.

It was not immediately known whether the plane was headed to or from that facility,
“They are considered trauma patients at this time,” Mora said about 2:30 p.m. of the two who were aboard.

The plane came to rest on its propeller in a open field of brush off the side of a narrow local road. Its undercarriage was twisted and misshapen, its wings dented and bent.

Local residents said they helped the man and woman from the twisted aircraft. Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics loaded them into a Fire Department helicopter for transport to the hospital, said Battalion Chief Larry Tucker.

The extent of their injuries was not released.

“The plane did not catch on fire, and I think that’s what helped the two passengers survive the impact,” Tucker said.

“We had high-tension lines that the aircraft brought down in the initial area,” he said. “We had (Southern California) Edison come out here and de-energize those and have cleared the area of any lines.”

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Tucker said.

One woman, who said she lives a few miles away from the crash site, said she saw the plane flying low over her home before the crash.




ricketzz: Posted: June 21, 2014 6:41 a.m.

How would a fire make the impact less survivable?

bobforte: Posted: June 21, 2014 9:08 a.m.

That's what I was thinking. He meant to say, because there was no fire after the impact is what helped the two survive.

Rick54: Posted: June 22, 2014 5:58 p.m.

Good reporting Luke! Good common sense on your part Bob.

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