Big Bear pilot dead after private plane crashes in Lucerne Valley

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The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s Division identified 66-year-old pilot Thorne “Butch” Lee Waymire from Big Bear who suffered fatal injuries when his single-seat acrobatic plane crashed in Lucerne Valley. The Sheriff’s Aviation Division, the Federal Aviation Association and the National Transportation and Safety Board are investigating.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s Division identified 66-year-old pilot Thorne “Butch” Lee Waymire from Big Bear who suffered fatal injuries when his single-seat acrobatic plane crashed in Lucerne Valley. The Sheriff’s Aviation Division, the Federal Aviation Association and the National Transportation and Safety Board are investigating.

A pilot from Big Bear died when his aircraft crashed Thursday in an area south of Highway 247 in Lucerne Valley.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s Division identified the pilot as 66-year-old Thorne “Butch” Lee Waymire, who was piloting a privately-owned Meyer Fred Hornet single-seat acrobatic plane.

The crash was reported to sheriff’s officials at 11:35 a.m. on Thursday on property in the 36000 block of Harvest Moon Street in Lucerne Valley.

The investigation was conducted by SBC Sheriff’s Aviation, the Federal Aviation Association and the National Transportation and Safety Board.

Authorities reported that the pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft. They did not disclose Waymire’s flightpath or the reason the plane crashed.

Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.

This article originally appeared on Victorville Daily Press: Big Bear pilot dies when plane crashes in Lucerne Valley