LONG BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT REGARDING THIS MORNINGS DEADLY CRASH NEAR THE LONG BEACH AIRPORT! Note the names of the victims have not been "officially" released. This statement is from Steve Yamamoto from the Long Beach Fire Dept. Thanks for the update, Steve.
Long Beach Fire Department
Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) were called to the scene of a private twin-engine Beech Craft King Air Turbo-Prop plane that had crashed during takeoff at the Long Beach Airport. The LBFD units arrived on scene within one minute at the Southwest corner of Runway 30 where they found the wreckage of the plane on fire. The units quickly utilized water and foam from both their bumpers and top turrets to extinguish the blaze within two minutes. Firefighters then quickly used specialized extrication methods and tools to swiftly gain access into the twisted remains. Once access was gained, Firefighters found that there were a total of six souls onboard; five that perished in the crash and one that was alive. They immediately extricated the critical patient and began treatment before transporting the patient to a local hospital.
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The cause of the plane crash is currently under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Media inquires should be directed to 562-570-2607 until 4:00pm and 562-408-8199 after 4:00pm. This incident occurred in the 5th Council District and is being handled by units from the Long Beach Airport, Long Beach Police Department, and the Long Beach Fire Department. Commercial and general aviation operations at the Long Beach Airport continue uninterrupted. The Coroner’s Office will release the names of those who lost their lives in the crash once identification has been confirmed and next of kin have been notified.