The Riverside County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of the man who died in a plane crash a few weeks ago in Banning.
William Hunter, 55, of Aguila Arizona, was the only passenger when a single-engine Gallagher XLT-RG crashed near Interstate 10 and the Banning Stops.
The crash started a small fire that burned a quarter acre.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s preliminary report on the accident, the aircraft was registered in Las Vegas, Nevada. The aircraft’s engine was a Lycoming TI0-540 SER. The FAA classified the engine as “experimental” and classified it as “amateur build”.
According to FlightAware.com, a flight tracking website, the plane originally left Eagle Roost Airpark in Aguila, Arizona. Aguila is located about 88 miles east of Blythe.
The plane took off at 6:09 p.m. MST (or 5:09 p.m. PT). The plane was last seen near the Banning Municipal Airport at 6:19 pm (Pacific Time).
Cal Fire officials said Tuesday they were called to the scene of the plane crash at 6:28 p.m.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation. The agency’s preliminary report was initially expected to be released last week, but has not been released as of December 6.
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