July 9, 2020
Preliminary report on Redlands plane crash issued
REDLANDS – (INT) – An initial report found that a small plane was descending into clouds before it crashed in the Crafton Hills killing all three people.

The Cessna 175 was on a 15 minute flight from Big Bear to the Redlands airport on June 5th when it took a meandering flight path that ultimately impacted a hillside above Highway 38 at the extreme northeast edge of Redlands and about 4-miles from the Redlands airport.

In its preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated that low clouds extended down to 1100 feet. The cause of the crash won’t be issued for several months.

The coroner identified the victims Thursday as the pilot Christopher Hark, 64, and his passengers Sheryl Doucette, 40, and her 11-year-old daughter, Gineva, all of the Big Bear area.

In a separate incident, law enforcement is investigating Wednesday’s crash of a small plane that crashed while attempting a landing at Upland’s Cable Airport. The pilot escaped with only minor injuries.
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