Plane that fell onto Upland home stalled before crash, NTSB report shows

Firefighters battle Upland house fire
Firefighters battle a house fire that erupted after a single-engine Cirrus SR 22 plane plummeted into a home in Upland on Nov. 7.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The pilot of a small plane that crashed into an Upland home and burned last month was getting ready to land at a nearby airport when the plane’s wing dipped and the engine stalled, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The pilot was killed in the fiery crash Nov. 7.

A father and small child inside the home escaped without injuries.


The single-engine Cirrus SR 22 was approaching Cable Airport in San Bernardino County on a short flight from Torrance Airport near Los Angeles, the Sun newspaper reported Sunday.

The Cirrus entered the traffic pattern behind another plane preparing to land before the 11 a.m. crash. The first plane landed and the Cirrus was observed going “low and slow” while turning to begin its final approach, the NTSB report says.

“The witness reported that the left wing of the accident airplane dipped, and the airplane stalled and descended rapidly into a home,” the report says.

The pilot, who was not identified, owned the four-seater plane, the report says.

The final NTSB report can take as long as a year to complete.