CORONA, California (RIVERSIDE COUNTY) – A small single-engine Cessna 182 airplane crashed in the vicinity of the Corona Municipal Airport Friday evening injuring the pilot and an 18-year-old passenger and causing a small brush fire, according to articles in the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register.
The pilot was identified as KFI-AM 640 traffic reporter Mike Nolan and the teenager Blaze Hernandez was said to be a student pilot as well as the nephew of a friend, according to various news reports. Nolan’s injuries included three broken ribs, cuts and a fractured clavicle. Hernandez suffered a laceration to his arm. Neither Nolan, nor his nephew sustained any life-threatening injuries in the Corona airplane crash.
The crash, which took place about 6:30 p.m., was located roughly two miles from the airport near Lincoln and Harrington streets. The cause of the airplane crash is under investigation by both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. Initial reports indicate that the airplane engine lost power before striking power lines and crashing into a field. Moments after the two were freed from the wreckage a power pole fell on the plane and it erupted in flames.
“Airplanes experiencing engine failure could be the result of faulty maintenance or defective parts or design,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Thankfully, Mr. Nolan was an experienced pilot logging some 35,000 hours in the air otherwise the crash may have been much more devastating.”
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