UPDATE: Crosswind Caused Piper to Smash Plane

The crash was reported about 2 p.m. according to Cal Fire.

Update 9:21 p.m.

A Piper single engine plane caught in a crosswind slammed into a small plane taxiing for takeoff, then slid across the tarmac into seven other aircraft, sheriff's officials said Friday night.

According to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Dean Spivacke, the passenger, a woman, suffered minor injuries, when the crash occurred as the pilot was trying to land the fixed wing, single-engine craft.

Initial investigation found no drug or alcohol involvement in the crash, the sergeant said.

The Piper PA28 was manufactured in 1964, according to information on the FAA website.

Update 6:45 p.m.

As it was landing on the French Valley airfield, a Piper PA28 struck a plane that was taxiing Friday, damaging both aircraft, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson.

Following the crash, the pilot tried to regain altitude for another landing approach but instead struck several more planes, Ian Gregor told Patch.

The pilot, whose name was not immediately available, suffered minor injuries. The passenger was unhurt, officials said.

No other injuries were reported, Gregor said.

The fixed wing, single-engine aircraft is registered to Chad M. Hutchins, of Flagstaff, but it was not immediately clear whether he was piloting the aircraft.

The crash will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.


Update 3:33 p.m.:

Several planes parked on the airport tarmac were damaged by the crashed plane as it came down, Patch learned at the scene.


An aircraft went down Friday at , causing minor injuries to the pilot but apparently a passenger on the plane was unhurt.

The plane was reported down at the arport at the 37500 Block of Winchester Rd. at about 2:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire.

TVOR September 15, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Glad the pilot and passenger are OK.
Brenda September 15, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Ditto with so many flying in and out on Fridays.
That Temecula Guy September 15, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Hey... any landing you can walk away from is a good landing, right? *snicker*
Brenda September 15, 2012 at 06:54 PM
LOL Tony, and one is a 1964 kinda dated. Was reading the updated article and a string of unfortunate incidents just made for a round of bumper planes. Glad no one was hurt folks.
Adrian September 16, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Glad to hear that nobody was severly injured. This could have been tragic! General aviation is a hazardous pursuit, but tremendously fun.


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