One plane crash victim ID’d
08:22 AM PDT on Monday, October 25, 2010
The victims of a fatal airplane crash near Lake Mathews this weekend were the plane’s 41-year-old owner from Moreno Valley and a passenger from Florida, according to Riverside County coroner’s officials.
Timothy Richard Larson was the pilot of the 1990 single-engine Glasair that is believed to have crashed after 1:30 p.m. Saturday in a field near the lake, coroner’s investigators said in a written statement issued this morning.
The passenger has been tentatively identified only as a 50-year-old man from Jupiter, Fla., according to the statement. A department spokeswoman labeled as erroneous other published reports that identified the victims as a man and a woman from Orange County.
The wreckage was discovered at 10:40 a.m. Sunday about 100 feet from the eastern shore of Lake Mathews, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor has said. The crash site is on land owned by the Metropolitan Water District.
FAA records identify Larson as the plane’s registered owner.
A friend of the victims reported the plane missing Saturday after it failed to return to Corona Municipal Airport, Gregor said.
The plane took off from Corona at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for a local flight. Lake Mathews is a designated practice area for the airport.
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