Two people killed in plane crash in Tulare Co.

Posted at 4:50 PM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 14:55:20-05

Officials with the Tulare County Sheriff's Office said a deputy and a pilot who worked for the sheriff's office were killed in a plane crash in Springville on Wednesday afternoon.

In a press conference, Officials identified the two people killed as 52-year-old Scott Ballantyne, the sheriff deputy and 45-year-old James Chavez, the pilot.


FAA officials said at around 4:15 p.m., a single-engine GMBH plane was crushed under unknown circumstances around 10 miles east of Porterville.

The plane was caught fire after crashing, according to the FAA.

The FAA and NTSB is investigating this crash.

According to CHP's Central Division, SR190 was closed in both directions for hours due to this crash.