Two Crash in Redlands
Pictured: A Bacau Yak-52 taken in the UK. This is not the plane in the incident. Photos of private
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What: Joseph M. Gauthier’s Yakovlev circa 1985 YAK-52 en route from/to from Redlands Airport performing aerobatics
Where: Santa Ana River bed at Opal Avenue, 10 miles from Redlands, CA
When: Monday, Feb 08 2010 between 12:50 and 1 p.m.
Who: 2 fatalities (a man and a woman) both off-duty California Air National Guard ( March Air Reserve Base) members
Why: Witnesses say that while they were watching the plane doing aerobatics, the plane went down. The area is a place where planes often perform aerobatics, and the soviet-built Yakovlev was designed as a trainer and acrobatic aircraft.