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Brian Lee killed and Sebastian Joshua Grewal, 8, critically injured in plane crash on June 9 in San Bernardino County.

Modified Date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:02pm
Accident Date: 
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Southern California boy, 8, fights for life after plane crash that killed veteran paramedic

Sebastian Joshua Grewal underwent a second surgery Tuesday to relieve pressure on his brain, the Victorville Daily Press reported. He was in extremely critical condition Wednesday, according to Briana Pastorino, a spokeswoman for Loma Linda University Medical Center.

San Bernardino plane crash kills L.A. firefighter, injures child

Lee, who was a helicopter pilot and parademic, was killed in the crash that occurred around 11:30 a.m. Tracy Martinez, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department, told local media that the plane struck the ground and flipped numerous times.

Pilot Killed in Small Plane Crash in San Bernardino County ID'd as Veteran LAFD Firefighter

A pilot who died in a small plane crash in San Bernardino County on Monday was identified as a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A pilot who died in a small plane crash in San Bernardino County on Monday was identified as a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Brian Lee, an LAFD helicopter pilot and firefighter paramedic, was flying with a young passenger when the private plane crashed at El Mirage Dry Lake about 11:15 a.m., the LAFD said.

Lee and a 7- to 8-year-old boy were airlifted to hospitals following the crash, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department Spokeswoman Tracy Martinez.

Lee died at the hospital, officials said. The boy was in critical condition.

The plane was flying over El Mirage Dry Lake bed about 11 a.m. when it struck the ground and flipped several times, leaving a trail of debris more than 30 yards long.

"There was something that caused the aircraft to nosedive," San Bernardino Sheriff's Cpl. Randy Naquin said. "The pilot attempted to regain control of the aircraft, tried to land it, and the aircraft ended up doing a couple of barrel rolls."

The single-engine Grumman AA-1A was severely damaged in the crash, authorities said. The initial call reporting the crash came in as a helicopter crash.

The crash was reportedly near the northwest end of the lake.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration also responded to the crash.

People Involved: 
Brian Lee
Sebastian Joshua Grewal
Roadway: 
Unknown

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