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2 Injured in Apple Valley Plane Crash



A small plane crashed and landed upside down in a remote area of the desert. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

APPLE VALLEY, Calif: ( Authorities are investigating what caused a small plane to crash shortly after 7:00 p.m., injuring the pilot and passenger.

A 1956 fixed wing single-engine Cessna crashed in a remote area about three miles northeast of the Apple Valley Airport.

Fire Chief of the Apple Valley Fire District Sid Hultquist says with the assistance of the Sheriff’s helicopter they were able to pinpoint the aircraft nearly 50 minutes later.

The helicopter landed next to the upside down plane and Sheriffs discovered both male occupants had exited the plane.

The terrain required a 4-wheel vehicle to transport paramedics to the site in order to access the scene.

The pilot suffered injuries to his wrist and face, while the passenger had minor injuries to his chest. Both were transported to Desert Valley Medical Center for treatment.

“They attempted an emergency landing in the desert area and when the plane landed the propeller hit (the ground), and it flipped it upside down,” Hultquist said.

Almost exactly one year ago, a world-famous aerobatics champion for Red Bull, Michael (Mike) Mangold was killed in a plane crash at the Apple Valley Airport on December 6, 2015.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be summoned to investigate the crash further.