California Crash Kills Family of Three

Dec 30, 2012 2 Comments by

Three people killed in a plane crash near Lakeside, Calif., on Saturday have been identified as a husband and wife from Arizona and their teen-aged daughter.

William Arthur Stern Jr., 65, his wife, Jennifer, 53, and their daughter, Katelyn, 19, all perished when the four-seat, home-built Lancair IV-P plane they were flying home crashed, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office said. The family was returning to Phoenix when at about 10:15 a.m. the plane plunged into the Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve for reasons that are not yet known.

A group of hikers saw the crash and called 911. Witnesses told investigators the plane was involved in a kind of spinning motion moments before it struck the ground.

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2 Responses to “California Crash Kills Family of Three”

  1. Bill Conroy says:

    Your story shows a picture of N6XE, I suppose to help folks know what a typical Lancair 4 looks like. Some folks may find it alarming to see a picture of an airplane completely unrelated to the accident.

    The accident aircraft was N5M, and pictures of this Lancair 4-PT(pressurized & turbine) aircraft are available at:

    Yours in clarity,
    Bill Conroy

    • Mike Harbour says:


      Yep, that’s exactly correct: we often show public-domain images of aircraft representative of those involved in stories, often because lifting a shot of the exact plane, whether from the news source or a buff’s image from, for example, would be a violation of copyright. It’s a technique often used in the media and while you’re on point about the potential for reader confusion, I believe most folks understand such images are for illustration.

      Thanks for your comment and happy New Year!


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