Santa Barbara aviation workers killed in plane crash

October 19, 2015

planeTwo Santa Barbara aviation workers died in a plane crash Saturday afternoon in the San Bernardino mountains. [KCOY]

Friends have identified the victims as Bob Trimble and Terri Day. Both Trimble and Day worked at avionics and engineering firm Accurate Aviation in Santa Barbara.

Their small plane crashed northwest of Morongo Canyon about 20 miles outside of Palm Springs. The cause of the crash is not yet known, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating it.

The Desert Sun reports the plane that crashed was a single-engine Piper PA29. Trimble, a Santa Barbara resident, was the registered owner of the plane.

A spokesman for the NTSB said the crash site is a remote location about 7,500 feet up in the mountains. The site is only accessible by helicopter, according to the NTSB.

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Condolences to the families.

Piper never made a PA29. The aircraft involved was a PA28 otherwise known as a Cherokee, a four place aircraft that comes with 160, 180, 200, and 235 horse power (the 200 HP version has retractable landing gear).

Prayers to the family and loved ones.