Authorities Searching For Answers In Fatal California Crash Of V Tail Bonanza

A California couple has reportedly been involved in a fatal airplane crash that occurred near California’s Chester Airport. While the majority of fatal accidents involving aircraft are deemed the result of pilot error by the National Transportation Safety Board, Lassen News notes that authorities are still unsure of the reasons behind the fatal California crash:

On Thursday January 6, 2011 at approximately 1849 hours, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls reporting a possible airplane in distress near or at the Chester Airport in Chester, California. (Chester is located in North East California near Lassen National Park)

The aircraft involved in this incident was a Beach Craft Twin V and is owned by Ronald Gilmore of Chester, California. Ronald Gilmore, 76 years of age has been positively identified as one of the victims in the crash and the second victim has been tentatively identified as his wife Janet Gilmore.

Plumas County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Chester Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to the area. At approximately 1925 hours, units from the Chester Fire Department located a downed aircraft approximately ¼ mile southwest of the airport. Upon further investigation, two fatalities were located in the aircraft.

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