The NTSB has released a preliminary report on the August 9th plane crash on the 91 Freeway in Corona. A Piper PA 32-300 was attempting to land on Runway 25 at the Corona Municipal Airport. The pilot was in the downwind traffic pattern. The pilot stated the engine did not respond as he continued to cycle the throttle several times with no change. The airplane was unable to maintain altitude and the pilot made a forced landing on the 91 Freeway. During landing, to avoid striking traffic, the pilot intentionally stalled the airplane. The plane landed hard, rotated clockwise and and impacted a freeway barrier.
The pilot also struck the back of a pick up truck. The plane caught fire and the pilot and a passenger were able to safely exit the plane. The NTSB notes conditions were clear in their preliminary report. The plane’s wreckage has been recovered for further examination.