Plane crashes at Mammoth Yosemite Airport
Mammoth Lakes Police Department:
Plane Crash at Mammoth Yosemite Airport
Mammoth Lakes, CA – At approximately 12:35 PM on Thursday, December 3, 2015, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department received a call reporting an airplane down at the Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH). MLPD, along with Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, Long Valley Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, and airport personnel responded to the scene.
A Piper Mirage attempted to take-off from the runway with winds estimated at approximately 35 knots. On board was the pilot, Gerald Black, and his passenger, Lawrence Gallego – both of San Diego. The pilot sustained minor injuries when the aircraft hit the ground and plowed through the segmented circle at mid-field.
The FAA and NTSB have been notified of this accident and will be conducting their investigations into the crash. The Mammoth Yosemite airport re-opened at 2:30 PM.
Cover Photo provided by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department
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Accident on highway 395 near Crowley Lake leaves one dead, two with serious injuries
CHP Accident report:
On Saturday, June 20, 2015, at approximately 8:42 am, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area officers were dispatched to a solo vehicle rollover collision on US-395 southbound, north of Crowley Lake Drive. Personnel from the CHP Bishop Area Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Emergency Medical Services, and Long Valley Fire Department also responded to the scene to assist.
The preliminary investigation indicates Sherry Johnson, age 53 of Sparks Nevada, was driving a 2005 Ford F-250 southbound on US-395, north of Crowley Lake Drive. For unknown reasons, the driver allowed the vehicle to drift onto the right shoulder of the roadway where it collided with two metal paddle markers and a highway sign. The vehicle then veered across all southbound lanes and into the center divide, where it overturned and came to rest on its wheels. The driver of the vehicle (Sherry Johnson) was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two passengers in the vehicle were transported by ambulance to Mammoth Hospital, and airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. Passengers include 46-year old Sparks resident Donald Karwoski and a 12-year old male from Reno. The preliminary investigation suggests fatigue may have been a factor in the collision. Officers from the CHP Bridgeport Area are handling the collision investigation. The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the death investigation.
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