08/04/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
San Diego, CA—A violent plane crash claimed the life of a mother and left her husband, as well as their three children, critically injured Monday, August 2, 2010. The tragic aviation accident occurred when a kit plane took off from Montgomery Field (MYF) airport and went down on a San Diego-area golf course, according to information provided by Sign On San Diego.
Reports indicated Gregory B. Crane departed from San Diego’s Montgomery Field around 12:45 p.m. when he realized a door on the Velocity XL-RG5 he was piloting was ajar. Crane seemingly radioed air traffic controllers to notify them that he would be turning around. Unfortunately, the door fell off and the plane followed behind it.
Upon crashing into a the Admiral Bake Golf Course, located east of Montgomery Field, the home-built aircraft allegedly overturned at least once. While emergency medical services (EMS) personnel were dispatched to the scene, a female passenger did not survive the unfortunate plane wreck.
Authorities did not release the woman’s identity. However, an Arizona man by the name of Earl Orner told reporters the victim was his daughter, Lori Crane.
“My wife answered the phone. She got the news first and I heard her scream… She was a sweetheart. That defines her to everybody. She spent all her time with her kids. They came first in he life,” Orner said.
The couple’s three children, identified as 11-year-old Summer Crane, 10-year-old Tia Crane, and 8-year-old Austin Crane, were listed in critical condition at Rady’s Children Hospital. Gregory Crane was also critically injured and remained hospitalized Sharp Memorial Hospital.
According to friend Rich Toth, “Lori was a well-educated, sophisticated, beautiful and fashionable woman… Lori was always willing to go the extra mile for anybody and everybody. Lori’s energy, beautiful smile and encouraging personality made everyday better.”
Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were expected to conduct a full investigation into the deadly San Diego plane crash.
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