Father and Stepson Identified as Plane Crash Victims near Hesperia Airport
HESPERIA, CA (June 15, 2018) – Two people were killed early Friday evening after their plane crashed and caught fire near the Hesperia Airport. Family members identified the victims as 44-year-old Matthew Kaplan, and his stepson, 15-year-old Parker Gibson.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire, the crash happened at about 5:00 PM on Summit Valley Road, just south of Hesperia Airport. A single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza, piloted by Kaplan, crashed and ignited a small fire in the area.
Witnesses claimed that the plane swerved to avoid hitting three vehicles, but the cause of the crash remains unknown. Firefighters found Kaplan and Gibson dead inside the wrecked plane. No other injuries were immediately reported by the authorities.
A GoFundMe page was created to support the victims’ family with expenses, as it was revealed that both did not have a life insurance. Click on the link to support the campaign and donate.
The Federal Aviation Administration is currently investigating what might have caused the small plane to go down. It was also noted that Kaplan was an experienced pilot, who was skillful in performing emergency landings. No additional information has been released to the public at this time.
Sweet Law extends our sincerest sympathies to the bereaved loved ones of Matthew Kaplan and Parker Gibson. We wish them strength and courage during this very trying time. May they rest in peace.
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