Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
LOS ANGELES - A lieutenant with the county coroner has identified the man killed in a plane collision near La Verne’s Brackett Field.
Frank E. Owens, 69, was the man killed in the plane that went down just outside of Brackett Field Airport, 1615 McKinley Ave. September 30, according to Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
Owens is the registered owner of the 177RG Cessna fixed-wing, single-engine plane that crashed into a nearby plant nursery. His listed city of residence is Los Angeles, according to a plane registry with the Federal Aviation Administration.
The pilot was practicing landing and takeoffs in the plane when it went down. The pilot reportedly radioed that the Cessna was experiencing some mechanical problem before the crash.
The female pilot, was seriously injured. Her current condition has not been disclosed.
The September 30 crash and the October 1 crash of a Beech Bonanza fixed-wing aircraft in virtually the same location are not connected and will be investigated separately, according to the FAA.