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Two Men Dead in Small Plane Crash

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A Sheriff’s pilot and a deputy were killed in a plane crash on Wednesday night in Springville.

Details about the Fatal Plane Crash in Springville

ABC 23 News is reporting that that authorities with the Tulare County Sheriff’s office have said that a deputy and a pilot that worker for the sheriff’s office were killed on Wednesday afternoon in a plane crash.

During a press conference, authorities released the identities of the victims that were killed as 45-year-old deputy James Chavez, and 52-year-old pilot Scott Ballantyne.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said that the two victims were in a single-engine GMBH plane when it crashed at around 4:15 p.m. under unknown circumstances about 10 miles to the east of Porterville.

The plane was engulfed in flames after the accident. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are both currently investigation the circumstances of the crash at the scene of the accident.

Important Information about Plane Crashes in the United States

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):

  • General aviation accidents are described as an umbrella term for any aviation operation not governed by the FAA. This includes, light-sport aircraft, powered parachutes, small aircraft, private jets, and some commercial activities.
  • There were 1224 general aviation accidents in 2013 in the United States.
  • Out of those accidents, 222 of them proved to have been fatal, resulting in at least 390 total fatalities. 


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