Long Beach Airport
March 17, 2011 by USA Post
The accident occurred at 10:30 am the plane took off from Long Beach Municipal Airport to Salt Lake City, according to the Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.
The pilot of the Beechcraft King Air turned back to land when the plane struck the ground, then came to rest in the grass a little further. Authorities are still trying to determine what caused the accident.
A witness reported seeing a large ball of fire after the impact, “said Gregor.
Firefighters arrived within a minute and extinguish the flames. They used special tools to raise the wreck.
There were six people on the plane, according to Steve Yamamoto’s Long Beach Fire Department. Four passengers and the pilot were killed.
The victims are local real estate investor Tom Dean, 50, and his partner Jeff Berger. Also killed Bruce Krall and real estate broker Mark Bixby, 44.
A wounded survivor, 51-year real estate executive Mike Jensen was transported to Long Beach Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
Berger and Dean have been long time business associates and co-owners of the Bergerdean Long Beach real estate development company. Dean also had the most wetlands Cerritos, after a portion thereof has been given to the City of Long Beach.
Bixby was an avid cyclist and a member of one of the founding families of Long Beach. His wife, Theresa, and three children survive him, the eldest is in junior high school.
Bixby and Jensen, 51, were involved in the work of Jensen Company Pacific Retail Partners.
Another victim was identified as Bruce Krall, CEO of Cohen Financial. He leaves behind a wife and two children. Friends remembered him as kind and work hard.
Allan Crawford, a friend of Bixby, said the group was headed to Park City for a ski trip.
The aircraft was registered in Los Angeles, Carde equipment sales company, the FAA show.
The other victim, the pilot of the plane remains unidentified.
The FAA and the NTSB accident investigation.
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