Saturday, April 9, 2011

Single engine plane crash at Camarillo Airport (CMA/KCMA)

Beech Bonanza (c/n CD-761) N460SR operated by Andres Serrano Ministries is seen in flames just after crashing into a storage facility just short of Rwy 26 at Camarillo Airport this afternoon April 9, 2011.

A small plane traveling from Chino (CNO/KCNO) to Camarillo (CMA/KCMA) crashed into a storage facility near a popular Camarillo shopping mall Saturday, fire officials said.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. when witnesses noticed a fixed-wing single engine Beechcraft Bonanza slowly descending from the air. It burst into flames after crashing into a storage facility behind the Camarillo Outlet mall at Las Posas Road and Ventura Boulevard. The facility is located less than a mile from the Camarillo Airport. According to FAA records, the plane, which was manufactured in 1964, recently passed inspections and is registered to a Corona based church run by Dr. Andres Serrano. Four people were inside the plane and were able to exit on their own before fire fighters arrived. All were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Another suffered moderate injuries.

More than 18 fire units were able to quickly extinguish the fire, but not before as many as 9 units were damaged. Fire crews worked through the afternoon to clean up plane parts and jet fuel.

(KTLA 5 News)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Four full size adults with a full load of fuel, in early Bonanza Debonair with full wing tip tanks and mains? Did this clown or his instructor even do a weight and balance? This aircraft was dangerously overloaded. It appears that the instructor was poor quality at bast. What type of pilot or instructor fly's a high performance aircraft without reading the operating manual or using at least common sense. I hope the FAA throws the book at both the unqualified Pilot and the doubly unqualified instructor!