For Immediate Release
March 18, 2011—The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has released the identities of
the five people that were killed Wednesday in the twin engine plane
crash at Long Beach Municipal Airport, in Long Beach, California.
The five people killed have been identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. One
was age 50 and resident of Laguna Beach; another, age 44 and a resident of Long Beach; one more, age
51 and resident of Ladera Ranch; another was a resident of Manhattan Beach; and the last man, 43, of
The passenger who survived the twin engine crash fire and burn, is listed in critical
condition has been identified as age 51. He was pulled from the fiery crash by Long Beach
firefighters and transported to the hospital by paramedics.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, Ian Gregor stated that it is not known if the twin
engine Beechcraft King Air plane was circling the airport and attempting to land, as was expressed
at a press conference held on Wednesday. The investigation is continuing and being headed by the
National Transportation Safety Board.
Airport officials had initially stated the plane was circling back to land when it crashed, but
Gregor stated the FAA has only confirmed that the plane took off shortly after 10:37 a.m.
immediately turned left and then dived onto the airfield.
Thursday the National Transportation Safety Board worked with a salvage company to transport the
wreckage to a facility near Palmdale. This is where investigators will examine the wreckage from the
twin engine plane.
According to Anthony Carbajal an employee for Boeing, the plane was ascending at a 45 degree angle,
prior to him hearing what sounded like engine trouble. Carbajal stated the plane made a sudden 180
degree turn and then plunged to the ground, north of runway 25 L.
Gregor stated that the investigators from the FAA and NTSB will be speaking to witnesses, air
traffic control audio tapes, reviewing radar data and looking into the background of the pilot, to
determine the cause of the crash. The FAA spokesman said they have confirmed that the pilot did not
make a distress call prior to the crash. Gregor said the FAA has found no record of any type of
enforcement action against Kenneth Earl Cruz, the pilot and they have no record of him being
involved in any prior accidents or incidents.
Friends have stated the victims of the crash as being prominent Long Beach businessmen and community
They said the victims were traveling to Park City, Utah on a skiing trip.
Aviation accident attorney Michael P. Ehline, is a personal injury lawyer Long Beach, and he has
represented victims and families of catastrophic transportation accidents like aircraft accidents,
with his knowledge in aviation laws, and his commitment to protecting the injured victim, with the
same dedication as when he served as an active duty Marine. Attorney Ehline is a respected member of
the community and by his peers. He has been featured in several area publications, including the
“California Lawyer Magazine”, the “LA Daily Journal” and “Hollywood
There can be many causes and liable parties in an aircraft
crash. To learn more about airplane wrongful death, or other serious personal injuries contact
us. We are not just a Long Beach car accident attorney.
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