2 Die In Air Ambulance Crash; Weekend Death Toll at 11
Undated (AP) _ An air ambulance plunged into a California reservoir Sunday, killing the pilot and a nurse, and a man died when a small craft wend down in a field in Indiana, bringing to 11 the death toll from weekend air crashes.
The Reno Care Flight plane was found at 6:30 a.m. Sunday in 20 feet of water in the Bridgeport, Calif., reservoir, about 200 miles southeast of San Francisco. It had been on its way to pick up a patient at Mono County (Calif.) General Hospital, near the Nevada border.
The two aboard the twin-engine Turbo Commander were identified as pilot Delmar Baer Jr. 42, of Carson City, Nev., and nurse Linda Montgomery 38, of Reno, Nev.
In Laporte, Ind., a single-engine aircraft crashed into a rural field early Sunday, killing the pilot, Billy Yarbury, 54, said state police Sgt. Gary Whitledge at Lowell. The wreckage was discovered about noon, eight hours after witnesses reported hearing it go down.
The cause of the crash had not been determined, officials said.
In Miramar, Fla., Stanley Provost, 66, was returning Saturday afternoon to his hometown of Savannah, Ga., when he was killed as his single-engine plane plunged nose-first into the Pembroke Road Baptist Church School.
Co-pilot Carl O’Dell, also of Savannah, was taken to Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., in serious condition. He died 2:15 p.m. Sunday, officials said.
Church members say the church annex was empty, and no injuries on the ground were reported.
Witnesses say the plane’s engine may have stalled. They said it circled back toward nearby North Perry Airport before plunging into the church annex’s roof.
In other weekend crashes, a man and his son were killed when their Cessna 172 crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday morning at Bloyer Field, and two people were killed in the crash of a single-engine plane in a field near the Marine City Airport in Michigan.
Also, a pilot practicing takeoffs and landings crashed his single-engine Cessna Skyhawk at a private airstrip near Ellisville, Miss., killing a passenger, and one person died when a home-built, lightweight experimental airplane called a Striplin Sky Ranger went down during its landing approach at Easton Airport in Maryland.