garrett engler killed in plane crash near el capitan reservoir
Garrett Engler Killed in Small Plane Crash near El Capitan Reservoir

“Investigation Ongoing”

LAKESIDE, CALIFORNIA (October 24, 2017) – Garrett Engler was identified as one of the two men killed in a plane crash on Saturday, according to a local news source. (map)

The small plane, registered to Sky Combat Ace, crashed after taking off from Gillespie Field on Saturday afternoon. The plane’s wreckage was located near El Capitan Reservoir late Saturday, after several people called 911 to report both a crash, and a small brush fire.

Garrett Engler was identified as the passenger killed in the tragic accident. Also killed was pilot Peter Gillcrist, the chief pilot for Sky Combat Aces, a company based out of Henderson, NV.

Sky Combat Aces is a aerobatic flight company that deals with selling packages labelled as “air combat experiences” that simulate being at the controls of a fighter jet. It is unknown whether Gillcrist or Engler was at the controls when Saturday’s accident occurred. The plane, classified as an EXTRA EA 300 model, was designated as an aerobatics aircraft.

This is not the first fatal accident for Sky Combat Aces. In April of 2016, a student passenger and an instructor pilot were both killed after their plane crashed near Las Vegas. Saturday’s accident is still under investigation at this time to determine cause and liability.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Lexton Law is with the family and friends of Garrett Engler during this difficult time. Word cannot express our condolences after this terrible accident,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law, a firm that deals with aviation cases. Lexton Law has pilots on staff, and has assisted with many major aviation cases in the last 35 years.

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