NTSB investigators on scene of Upland plane crash, trying to determine a cause – San Bernardino Sun

November 9, 2019 in San Bernandino

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board on Friday began sifting through the wreckage of a single-engine plane that crashed into a home in Upland.

The NTSB will be looking at the condition of the plane, the area around the crash, the weather at the time of the accident, the pilot’s flying record and the plane’s maintenance log as investigators try to determine what led to the crash, said Terry Williams, NTSB spokesman. They also will be interviewing witnesses.

“We are in the early stages, the fact-gathering phase,” Williams said. The NTSB may release a preliminary report in a week or 10 days, he said. A full report will take about a year or more.

The pilot of a single-engine plane died when the aircraft fell from the sky on Thursday, Nov. 7, crashing into the home and setting it on fire.

Two adults and a young child inside the house escaped the flames and were not injured.

More than half of the ranch house at 1257 Overland Court was reduced to charred rubble. The roof of the living room caved in but the eastern part of the house appeared untouched.

Firefighters said the pilot was believed to be the only person onboard the plane. The craft was identified as a Cirrus SR22, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The four-seater plane was flying from Zamperini Field in Torrance to Cable Airport in Upland, located about two miles from the Upland neighborhood where the plane crashsed. It had flown from Palm Springs to Torrance on Wednesday, Gregor said.

The plane is registered to a licensed pilot with an address in Palos Verdes Estates, FAA records show. The identity of the pilot has not yet been released.

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