1 Dead After Small Plane Apparently Nosedives Into Riverside Neighborhood

One person died after a small plane crashed in a residential area in Riverside around noon on Saturday, authorities said.

The incident happened in the 10500 block of Robinson Avenue near Norwood Avenue in the La Sierra area, according to the Riverside police and fire departments.

"[The plane] was going lower and lower and he just nosedives straight down," witness Amber Short said.

Area residents described hearing a loud boom.

The wing of an aircraft is seen from a backyard in Riverside on March 16, 2019. (Credit: David Chavez)

The wing of an aircraft is seen from a backyard in Riverside on March 16, 2019. (Credit: David Chavez)

The crash left one person dead, police confirmed to KTLA.

The pilot was the sole occupant, The Press-Enterprise said.  Officials, however, have not verified how many people were on the aircraft.

Fire officials described the victim as an "older individual.”

Although no injuries on the ground were reported, one home was struck by debris and sustained minor damages to its fencing and patio, fire Capt. Brian Guzzetta said.

The pilot alerted the Riverside Municipal Airport tower about engine trouble as the plane made its way from Chino to Apple Valley, the Federal Aviation Administration told Brian Rokos with The Press-Enterprise.

Fire officials said there was very little time between when the distress call came out and when the plane crash was reported.

Four people were inside the home on the property where the plane crashed, but no injuries were reported on the ground, officials said.

Guzzetta said that residents of the densely populated area were very fortunate that there was no further damage or fatalities.

"We were all surprised when we didn’t see a fire," Guzzetta said, adding that the incident was stabilized quickly, with no smoke reported.

What looks like the wing of a small plane could be seen from a backyard in the neighborhood, an image taken by David Chavez shows.

Robinson Avenue was expected to remain closed between Norwood and Chadbourne avenues for several hours.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

No further details were immediately available.

KTLA's Alexandria Hernandez and Nouran Salahieh contributed to this story. 


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