Officials Name Six Fatalities in Southern California Plane Crash

by Joshua Brown
California plane crash

On Saturday, six Californian residents tragically lost their lives in a small aircraft accident, after departing from Las Vegas. The Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson, Mina Kaji, disclosed to The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California, that the crash occurred an hour after a Cessna C550 business jet took off from Harry Reid International Airport around 3:15 a.m.

The plane, destined for French Valley Airport in Murrieta, California – located approximately 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles – crashed before reaching its intended location. There were no survivors among those on board.

The victims were identified by Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner Chad Bianco as 31-year-old Lindsey Gleiche from Huntington Beach; 25-year-old Riese Lenders from Rancho Palos Verdes; 51-year-old Alma Razick and 46-year-old Ibrahem Razick both from Temecula; 33-year-old Abigail Tellez-Vargas from Murrieta, and 32-year-old Manuel Vargas-Regalado also from Temecula. Additional details were not released by Bianco.

According to officials, the accident happened during the second landing attempt in foggy conditions just before sunrise. The jet, designed to carry a maximum of 13 passengers, fell about 500 feet (150 meters) short of its intended runway, as reported by Elliott Simpson, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board. Simpson stated that a fire engulfed the majority of the plane following the crash.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about California plane crash

Where did the plane crash occur?

The plane crash occurred at French Valley Airport in Murrieta, California, which is about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

When did the plane crash take place?

The plane crash happened on Saturday, with the plane having departed from Harry Reid International Airport at about 3:15 a.m. It crashed about an hour later.

What kind of aircraft was involved in the crash?

The aircraft involved in the crash was a Cessna C550 business jet.

Were there any survivors from the crash?

No, there were no survivors from the crash. All six people aboard the plane were killed.

Who were the victims of the crash?

The victims were identified as Lindsey Gleiche, Riese Lenders, Alma Razick, Ibrahem Razick, Abigail Tellez-Vargas, and Manuel Vargas-Regalado, all residents of California.

What could be the possible reason for the crash?

The crash occurred during the second landing attempt in foggy conditions. However, a comprehensive investigation will be conducted to establish the exact cause.

Who is investigating the crash?

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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CaliLiving July 9, 2023 - 7:31 pm

As a local, this is really devastating news for our community, prayers for the families involved.

AviationEnth July 9, 2023 - 8:54 pm

Can’t believe it. Tragic…just tragic. We need to really look into plane safety regulations, especially for smaller aircraft. how many more have to die before we take it seriously??

FlyGuy43 July 9, 2023 - 8:59 pm

awful news, these small planes can be so risky, especially in bad weather conditions. no matter how experienced the pilot, sometimes nature just takes over.


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