San Rafael aircraft crash victims recognized

(KRON) — The victims in a lethal aircraft crash in San Rafael on Saturday have been recognized by the Marin County Sheriff’s Workplace. Simply after 10 p.m. Saturday, the San Rafael Police Division acquired a name concerning a vibrant flash of sunshine within the sky and an influence outage close to San Rafael Airport.

Further experiences got here in {that a} aircraft had struck energy traces close to the airport. An preliminary investigation revealed that one individual was deceased whereas one other was in crucial situation.

The investigation additionally decided that the aircraft’s tailfin had struck energy traces previous to touching down on the bottom. Energy traces had been wrapped across the aircraft and throughout the crash website, which was a wetlands space, making it tough to entry the aircraft.

As soon as PG&E had deactivated the traces, San Rafael Fireplace Division responders extricated the pilot, who was later recognized as Kirk Harford of San Rafael. He was transported to John Muir Medical Heart and is at the moment in crucial situation.

The passenger of the aircraft, recognized as 59-year-old Marc Pankin of Novato, was pronounced deceased on the scene.

There have been solely two folks on board the aircraft, in response to flight manifests. It had taken off from Minden, Nevada on the flight to San Rafael.

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The Marin County Sheriff’s Workplace is working with the Nationwide Transportation Security Board to research the reason for the crash.

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