RIVERSIDE, California (July 30, 2015) — Keith Charles Davis, 52, of Claremont has been identified as the pilot killed Sunday afternoon when he appeared to have suffered engine failure and his plane crash landed into a home at Adams Street and San Vincente Avenue, a press release by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner states.
The pilot departed Brackett Field Airport in La Verne about 4:19 p.m. about 22 miles from the crash. He was piloting a single-engine 1955 Beechcraft Bonanza. Just before the 5:04 p.m. crash, Davis radioed traffic control at the Riverside Municipal Airport to alert them to his emergency landing due to engine trouble, but he wasn’t able to make it there before crashing into the backyard of a home. Police believe he was attempting to land on the roadway or a nearby field.
The pilot died of his injuries at the scene of the crash. There were no injuries on the ground and he was alone in the aircraft.
The Riverside Police Department and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.
“These small airplanes are known for mechanical issues and engine failure is one of the top reasons they crash,” said Attorney James Johnson. “My condolences go out to this man’s family as they search for answers as to how this could have happened.”
Pilot Keith Davis was an experienced pilot and had earned recognition in 2013 from the FAA for his safe piloting record.
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