One person dead in plane crash near Keene. Flaming Mistress plane crashed onto the mountain side.
By: SUZANNE SULLIVAN
Updated: Apr 28, 2017 11:36 AM PDT
KEENE, Calif. - We now know the name of the man killed in a plane crash near Keene. The coroner identified him as Gilbert Thomas Gutierrez, 75, from Phoenix, Arizona.
Officials got a report from a passerby who said she saw a plane hit the side of a mountain around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon near Keene, California.
A Kern County Fire helicopter spotted the wreckage at 2:40 p.m. after performing a hoist operation. The firefighter who was lowered to the ground confirmed one person was dead in the crash.
The plane was confirmed as a Yak-18A , FAA officials confirmed. The plane appears to be registered out of Phoenix, Arizona.
A command post was being set up at Broome Road and Highway 58, between Keene and Tehachapi, a KCFD official said.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UPDATE (9:03 a.m.): The Kern County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed in Thursday's plane crash as 75-year-old Gilbert Gutierrez of Phoenix.
One person is dead after a plane crashed near Keene on Thursday afternoon, the Kern County Fire Department said.
"A single-engine Yak-18A crashed under unknown circumstances near Keene," Federal Aviation Administration Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor said.
KCFD received the call about the possible crash at 2:08 p.m. and launched a helicopter to search for the plane; the aircraft was later found in a remote area. The Kern County Sheriff's Department is searching the area for any other potential casualties.
KCFD crews have a command post set up in the area of Highway 58 and Broome Road, and the FAA and NTSB are also investigating.
It wasn't immediately clear what may have led up to the crash.
Owner/operator: G&C CJ6 LLC
C/n / msn: 3051217
Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Kern County NW of Tehachapi, CA - United States of America
The aircraft impacted desert terrain at Walong northwest of Tehachapi, California. The aerobatic airplane sustained substantial damage and the sole pilot on-board was fatally injured.