On Tuesday afternoon, an aircraft crashed in southern California, killing one passenger and injuring three others.
The Federal Aviation Administration reported that a Cessna (single-engine 172) in Murrieta, Riverside County, crashed just after departure from the French Valley Airport.
The plane’s impact caused the “parties to become trapped,” according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Local TV stations captured images of the Cessna flipped over in a parking lot.
Three were transported to a local hospital by ambulance, while the fourth was declared dead on the spot, according to the fire department. Authorities have not released the name of the victim in the crash. However, online memorials quickly sprung up.
The fire service has reported that three of the four people on board were taken to the hospital in ground ambulances (one with minor injuries, one with moderate injuries, and one with critical injuries), and one was pronounced dead at the site.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are now looking into the cause of the disaster.
The little airport, located around 85 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, has been rocked by tragedy.
A Zodiac pilot crashed his plane in November of 2021 and was found dead on a mountainside near the airport.
The only jet passenger was discovered deceased inside the plane by responding deputies.
This news comes only days after a tiny plane crashed on a golf course near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, killing three people and injuring one.
At 11:20 a.m., north of the Barefoot Resort and Golf Club, the accident happened over a wooded area.
According to a statement released by the FAA, the plane involved was a Piper PA-32 with a single engine and four persons on board.
Smoke was visible in photos and videos near the golf course in the affluent Barefoot Landing neighborhood.