UPDATE @ 3:40 p.m. – Two patients were transported by ground ambulance and the third was taken by air ambulance. All three are being taken to Loma Linda Medical Center.
UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m. – All three patients have been safely rescued and are waiting to be transported to hospitals. Two were on backboards and one in a wheel chair. They all appear to be alert and moving around. One person, possibly a male has been loaded into the CHP helicopter.
UPDATE @ 3:00 p.m. – Sheriffs helicopter 40-king is continuing to hoist out the injured. No fatalities have been reported per sheriffs officials. The plane crash was located on a hill-side of a wooded area. SR 18 is closed between Snow Valley and Big Bear Lake.
UPDATE @ 2:50 p.m. – Per San Bernardino Sheriff’s, 3 moderate injuries after small plane crash near Big Bear. Currently in the process of airlifting victims to safety. At this time its unknown where downed plane originated from or if it had been at Big Bear Airport.
UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m. – Plane has been located and a paramedic is being lowered to scene via helicopter. San Bernardino County Fire is calling this the “Circle Incident”.
BIG BEAR: BREAKING – Unconfirmed reports state four people are reportedly injured following a small plane crash near Big Bear.
The aircraft went down on State Route 18 near Arctic Circle/ Glory Ridge area just west of Big Bear Dam and approximately 2 miles west of Big Bear Airport.
Per scanner traffic, the pilot managed to call dispatch but the call was disconnected.
Fire officials are en route. More information will be posted as details are available.