Home Breaking News LAKE ELSINORE: Plane Crash in Ortega Mountains; Fatalities Reported; Update from Key...

LAKE ELSINORE: Plane Crash in Ortega Mountains; Fatalities Reported; Update from Key Witness


UPDATE: Ed Nejad,  64-year-old property owner, witnessed the crash, and stated in an interview, “Around 9 a.m. I was on the hill walking down, and saw the plane nosing down.”

According to Nejad, there was an unusual rough noise from the aircraft, which circled several times, and then hit in a trench approximately 200-yards away from his position and caught fire.

“There were big flames, it all happened in the blink of an eye.” Nejad said.


According to Nejad, he called 9-1-1 right away, “I called dispatch,  told them a plane hit on my property and caught fire, and they got the address, took 3 or 4 minutes before everyone showed up.”

“As soon as I heard the noise, and flames, it all happened very fast.” Nejad said. When asked what he thought while the crash was happening, Nejad stated, “I couldn’t think, I was scared, worried, and running around with phone, calling 9-1-1.”

In his statement, Nejad added he was informed that two people died in the crash: “It was very sad. It’s a big tragedy, two people died here. There are no words at this moment. Nothing is worse than that.”

Riverside County Sheriff’s helicopters are still circling the area, and according to CHP, the fire is currently contained, though still burning.

Stay tuned for further updates on this Breaking News event over Lake Elsinore.

[Like DailySoCal.com for updates on Breaking News]


On Sunday, July 6, 2014, at 9:21 a.m., black smoke was reported in the Ortega Mountains, according to reports from CalFire.

A plane crash has been confirmed with fatalities, according to scanner reports.

“CalFire’s resources are in the immediate area,” stated CalFire’s public information officer, continuing, “Original reports stemmed from black smoke showing from the lake.”‘

According to California Highway Patrol reports, the National Forest Service is on hand to fight the fire, while CDF will be handling the medical portion of the accident.

This Breaking News will be updated as information is made available.

Daniel Lane, Ashley Ludwig contributed to this report.

(c) DailySoCal.com  — All rights reserved. Copy with permission, only.


Leave a Reply