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Veteran traffic reporter injured in plane crash

July 21, 2012 |  4:04 pm

Mike Nolan, a longtime traffic reporter for KFI-AM radio, was “doing well” and expected to be released from hospital Saturday following injuries he sustained in a plane crash, a spokesman for the station said.

Neil Saavedra said Nolan, who suffered several injuries, including  lacerations, fractured ribs and a broken collar bone, was travelling with the nephew of a family friend — a student pilot — when the plane crashed in Riverside County. None of the injuries to Nolan and his passenger were life-threatening, Saavedra said.

Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Alaskan Region office, said in an email that the accident occurred at around 6.30 p.m. on Friday.

The Cessna 182 single-engine airplane that Nolan was piloting lost engine power, struck power lines, and crashed in a field a mile and a half east of the Corona Municipal Airport, Kenitzer said. The aircraft caught fire.

Saavedra said Nolan, a KFI employee since the mid-1980s, had more than 40 years of experience as a pilot. He was headed home to land in time to take off again for his two last traffic newscasts when the accident occurred, the spokesman said.

Edison officials said the plane hit power lines when it crashed, leaving 3,545 customers without electricity. By around 1 p.m. Saturday, that number was down to 505, according to Edison spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady.

“We hope to have final restoration by 6 p.m. tomorrow,” McGrady said. She asked customers to be patient.

Kenitzer said the FAA was investigating the accident together with the National Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the inquiry. 

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