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Fatal Plane Crash at Fall River

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On Friday morning, May 23, 2008, a single-engined Beechcraft V35 Bonanza crashed in the trees some 4000 feet short of the runway at Fall River Mills aiport.  Luckily no one on the ground was injured.  The plane is registered to a resident of Mendocino County.  The four occupants were killed on impact and have not yet been identified.

This fatal plane crash highlights the increasing frequency of airplane crashes that are occuring in  Northern California.  The plane purportedily  sputtered and stalled as it banked into a turn on approach.  Weather does not appear to have been a factor.   The cause of the accident is to be evaluated by the the National Transportation Safety board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The subject airstrip was developed around WWII.  Recently it was lengthened from 3000 feet to 5000 feet.