February 25, 2018
Four perish in Antelope Valley plane crash
PALMDALE – A small plane crashed in the rugged hills near Agua Dulce and the 14 Freeway in northern Los Angeles County on Sunday, killing all four on board, authorities said.

The Cirrus VK-30 plane crashed near the intersection of Mesa Grande and Briggs roads on a hillside between the highway and Soledad Canyon Road, said Art Marrujo, Los Angeles County fire dispatch supervisor. The reports of the crash came in around 10:55 a.m., he said.

The pilot was identified by a family member as Thomas Hastings, 65, who was returning to his Winnetka home after a weekend trip to Las Vegas with his daughter Amber Hill, 27; her husband, Jacob Hill, 25; and the pilot’s granddaughter Madison Hastings Saxelby, 9.

The plane appeared to hit some power lines over Agua Dulce before crashing. The crash site is about four miles from Agua Dulce Air Park.

Although the plane crashed, it did not catch fire, Marrujo said. The scene is being turned over to investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB said in a tweet that the plane was a VK-30, a fixed-wing, rear-engine aircraft sold by Cirrus Aircraft in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a kit plane when the company was known as Cirrus Design.

The VK-30 plane is classified as an amateur-built aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration, meaning that a “major portion” of the plan was fabricated and assembled by the owner for his or her own education or recreation. The aircraft is relatively rare — only nine are registered with the FAA.
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