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Monday April 15th, 2024 :: 09:19 a.m. PDT


UPDATE: Identity of Man Who Perished in Plane Crash Identified as Riverside Resident

DATE/TIME: April 13, 2024 / 8:21 p.m.

INCIDENT: Plane Down 
LOCATION: Mountain Area North of Devil’s Canyon, San Bernardino

DECEDENT: Blake E. Broadbent, 35-year-old Adult Male, Resident of Riverside

UPDATE: April 15, 2024 – The male decedent involved in the April 13th plane crash has been identified by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office as 35-year-old Blake E. Broadbent, of Riverside. The investigation into the crash is being conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board and is ongoing.

SUMMARY: On Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 8:21 p.m., witnesses in the north end of San Bernardino reported hearing a plane sputter and then a loud crash, followed by a red flash. Deputies from the Central Station and officers from the San Bernardino Police Department conducted a search of the area, however, the mountain area in question was not accessible via vehicle or on foot. The Sheriff’s Aviation Division attempted to assist, but the weather restricted their ability to fly.  

On Sunday morning, April 14, 2024, Sheriff’s Aviation deployed and located a debris field in the mountains north of Devil’s Canyon. Due to the terrain, Search and Rescue department members were deployed and assisted an investigator from the Coroner’s Office to the debris field. A deceased adult male was located. The name of the decedent will be released when he has been positively identified and the family is notified. 

The National Transportation Safety Board will respond to the location and conduct an independent investigation.  

Refer:  Public Affairs

Station:  Central Station

Phone No. 909-387-8700

Case No.  012400698

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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San Bernardino, CA 92408

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