Preliminary Accident Reports

July 1999 Issue

Apr. 24, Trona, Calif. / Globe GC-1B Swift

At about 21:30 PDT, a Globe Swift crashed near Trona, killing both occupants. The pilot and a friend had flown to Trona for an overnight visit. After dinner that evening, a group from the airport decided to visit a large group camped near the airport. A female member of the camping group asked for an airplane ride; this pilot volunteered. Witnesses at the campground related to sheriff’s deputies that the aircraft had flown over the campground earlier in the day at a very low altitude and they admonished the pilot to not fly that low again. The witnesses observed the lights of the aircraft as it departed Trona and began flying over the dry lakebed where they were camped. They said the aircraf...

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