Two experienced pilots killed in World War II-era plane crash near Bakersfield, CA

Legal news for California aviation accident attorneys. A small plane crash killed two people just outside of Bakersfield.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating a World War II-era plane crash near Bakersfield, CA.

Bakersfield, CA—Two experienced pilots were tragically killed in a small plane crash just outside of Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield, CA. The World War II-era T-6 plane went down for unknown reasons Wednesday morning, March 17, 2010 around noon, as reported by the Reno Gazette Journal.

Al Goss, 68, a veteran T-6 pilot of the Reno National Championship Air Races, and Steve Ballard, 57, a FedEx pilot from Anchorage Alaska, were both killed in Wednesday’s plane crash. The duo were flying Goss’ T-6 single-engine plane, when it mysteriously crashed. Officials are baffled as to what could have caused the crash, considering they were both experience pilots and the weather conditions were good. Both men were pronounced dead when emergency crews arrived at the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are conducting a full investigation into the fatal and unfortunate wreck.

The World War II-era fixed-wing training plane was reportedly built in 1945, according to FAA’s preliminary information. Goss is reportedly known for piloting the “Warlock” plane, which has competed every year in the Reno National Championship Air Races since 1981. Goss holds the title of 2004 T-6 Class gold champion, and finished second in 2008 and 2009.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for aviation accident lawyers in California.