Man Who Died in 1 of 2 Recent La Verne Plane Crashes ID’d as Plane’s Owner

A man died and a woman was seriously hurt in a single-engine airplane crash near Brackett Field Airport in La Verne on Sept. 30, 2018.

A man died and a woman was seriously hurt in a single-engine airplane crash near Brackett Field Airport in La Verne on Sept. 30, 2018.

Officials have identified a man who died in a plane crash that left another occupant seriously injured Sunday.

Frank Eldridge Owens, 69, is the first person identified after two fatal plane crashes in La Verne in two days, said Sarah Ardalani, a spokeswoman for the coroner’s office. Owens, whom Federal Aviation Administration records list as the owner of the Cessna 177RG that went down Sunday, reported engine trouble less than a minute before the plane crashed.

The aircraft slammed into a nursery near a runway at Brackett Field Airport about 5:50 p.m. A woman who was in the plane with Owens was seriously injured but is expected to survive, officials said.

The FAA told KTLA-TV Channel 5 the pilot was practicing approaches before the crash.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.