Had Just Taken Delivery Of Plane
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department helicopter located the
wreckage Tuesday morning of a RANS S-18 Stinger that went missing
Monday night near Brian Ranch airport in Palmdale, CA.
The pilot and sole occupant onboard the plane, identified as
49-year-old Louis Nanos, was killed in the impact.
Jack Brian, the owner of Brian Ranch Airport, told the Antelope
Valley Press that Nanos had just recently began flying his plane
out of the small dirt-strip airport, which caters mostly to
"He was brand new. He had just been here a few weeks and had
just taken delivery of the plane a few weeks ago," Brian said.
The wreckage was found about 100 yards from the airport,
according to Lt. Don Ford with the sheriff's department. Ford said
he was told Nanos took the plane out Monday evening to practice
Investigators haven't yet determined what brought the small
airplane (file photo of type, below right) down.
** Report created 5/17/2006 Record
Make/Model: EXP Description:
Date: 05/16/2006 Time: 0000
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: PALMDALE State: CA Country:
ACFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE ONE PERSON ON
FATALLY INJURED, ACFT WAS THE SUBJECT OF AN ALERT NOTICE,
THE WRECKAGE WAS
LOCATED 1/4 MILE FROM BRIAN AIRPORT, PALMDALE, CA
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: NOT REPORTED
Dep Date: Dep.
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: VAN NUYS, CA
Entry date: 05/17/2006