Northern California Plane Crash Kills 4
On Friday, July 29, 2016, a Cal-Ore Life Flight medical transport plane crashed near Eureka, California. The flight had taken off from Crescent City earlier in the day. The plane was a turboprop Piper Cheyenne aircraft, model PA-31T.
According to officials, the four passengers on board — the pilot, the two crew members, and one patient — died as a result of the crash. The identities were not to be released until the next of kin was notified of the situation.
Reports show that the plane left Crescent City Airport at 12:29 a.m. with a destination of Oakland International Airport. The pilot, a flight nurse, a transport, and a patient were all on board.
The plane was operated by Cal-Ore under REACH Air Medical Services. A spokesman reported no survivors and issues condolences to the families of those killed. Initial reports show that the pilot communicated with air traffic control that there was smoke in the cockpit just five miles north of the Arcata Airport. It was at this time the pilot informed air traffic control he intended to return to Crescent City.
Communications were lost not much later at 1:05 a.m.
Search efforts began with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Office of Emergency Services, Civil Air Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, Cal-Fire, and California Highway Patrol Air Division leading the way. At about 10:00 a.m., the search and rescue teams from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office discovered the site of the crash at a timber company.
Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified and were set to begin their investigations.
Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. has experience representing individuals in serious crashes, including aviation accidents. We know this is a difficult time for the families of those involved and we send our condolences.