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    3 people dead after small plane crashes near Big Bear Airport
    • May 1, 2023

    Three people died on Monday, May 1 after a small airplane crashed near the Big Bear Airport, authorities said.

    Big Bear Fire was called to an aircraft down in a vacant lot at the corner of Paradise Way and Maltby Blvd., Big Bear City, at approx. 2:02 p.m. Crews arrived on scene in approx. three minutes. There were three souls on board, all of which perished as a result of this accident.

    — Big Bear Fire Dept (@bigbearfiredept) May 1, 2023

    The Big Bear Fire Department said on social media it responded to an airplane down in a vacant lot at Paradise Way and Maltby Boulevard at around 2 p.m. The location is about a mile from the Big Bear Airport.

    Crews found a small private plane that was severely damaged. Three people were found on board the plane, and were all pronounced dead at the scene. Their names were not immediately released.

    The plane is a single-engine Beechcraft A36, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The crash will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

    ​ Orange County Register