Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Minor plane crash at Riverside airport (RAL)

Riverside, Ca- Riverside Police and Fire departments were dispatched to Riverside Municipal Airport (RAL) in response to a private plane off the runway, at 9:55 a.m., Wednesday morning, February 7, 2007. There were no injuries.

Certified pilot Robert Sherwin, 51, of Santa Fe, NM, was flying his single-engine Lancair Turbo airplane from the New Mexico city to Riverside for the purpose of having his aircraft inspected for insurance. While an experienced pilot, this was Sherwin’s first landing at Riverside.

Upon landing, the plane overshot the runway (2,850- foot Runway 16-34) about 50 feet, according to responding officers. The front land gear collapsed and the propeller was damaged. The pilot was able to walk away from the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators arrived and assumed the investigation.

Riverside Municipal Airport will be closed until approximately noon to accommodate the investigations. The airport’s main runway, 9-27, is closed for resurfacing.