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Authorities Identify The Two People Killed In Mid-Air Cessna Crash Last Monday

Posted May. 8, 2013, 10:04 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Two Cessna 172s that departed Santa Monica Airport 13 minutes apart Monday, April 29 crashed into each other mid-flight above the Santa Monica Mountains, killing the pilot and passenger in one of the planes.

Authorities have identified the two killed as as Cheryl Jolene Strawn, 69, and Christopher Wade, 63. The hometowns of the pair have not been released.

An online search reveals Strawn is a pilot who regularly flies out of SMO.

The collision occurred at 2:01 pm on April 29 about eight miles east-northeast of Ventura.

One of the planes crashed into a mountainous section of Malibu Creek State Park just north of Malibu near Calabasas, killing Strawn and Wade. This plane took off from SMO for an engine test flight just after 1:40 pm.

The other plane performed an emergency gear-up landing six miles away on Westlake Golf Course in Westlake Village with all three people on board surviving with only minor injuries. This plane took off from SMO bound for Camarillo at 1:53 pm.

According to reports, this plane bore markings of American Flyers, a pilot-training school based at Santa Monica Airport, but the company was not making any comment on whether it was one of its planes.

FAA records show the tail number N4677V of the plane that made the emergency landing is registered to “Reg. Ameriflyers of Florida LLC.”

The plane with the two fatalities was destroyed by fire after impact.

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May. 8, 2013, 10:52:38 am

Jerry Rubin said...

My personal heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Cheryl Strawn and Christopher Wade who lost their lives in the tragic airplane crash on April 29.

May. 8, 2013, 7:08:17 pm

Not welcome said...

Jerry, stay out of this one. You're not welcome with your hate group towards SM airport and the flying community. And don't you dare use this for your propaganda.

May. 8, 2013, 8:42:14 pm

Jamie wade said...

Chris wade was a loving and incredible husband, father, teacher, pilot, musician, and much more. He was born and raised in Venice, california

May. 20, 2013, 7:28:29 pm

Jamie said...

Chris was born and raised in Venice, ca. Both had 40+ years of pilot experience. Chris was an amazing husband, father of two children, pilot, teacher, and musician.

May. 25, 2013, 9:51:40 am

Jamie christine said... Look what a great and talented man that was killed .. Chris and CJ had over 40 years of flying experience. When do they plan to release the name of these guys in their 20s?

May. 31, 2013, 7:18:08 pm

Jamie christine said...

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