The two occupants of a small airplane suffered serious injuries Tuesday, June 22, when it crashed while attempting to land at Big Bear Airport, authorities said.
A single-engine Piper PA-28 went down at about 1:25 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.
Residents pulled the two occupants out of the plane, said Chardelle Smith, a spokeswoman for the Big Bear Fire Department. They were treated at the scene and flown to hospitals that have trauma centers.
The crash triggered a small fire that caused slight damage to a fence and an outbuilding, the Fire Department said in a news release. Smith said the crash happened near Meadow Lane and Nana Avenue, mere feet from the airport.
The crash knocked the electricity in the neighborhood out and Bear Valley Electric crews responded to restore power to the neighborhood, the Fire Department said in the release.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.
Staff writer Quinn Wilson contributed to this story.
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