A small private plane piloted by a San Luis Obispo businessman crashed near San Bernardino International Airport on Monday morning, injuring him and a passenger, according to authorities.
Lonny W. Rollins — owner of San Luis Obispo tech firm Innovative Concepts — was piloting the plane when it crashed just before noon at a recreational vehicle storage yard about a half-mile southwest of the airport.
Innovative Concepts at 3440 Roberto Court is an online support business. Rollins has owned it since 1989.
Rollins’ plane was a 1969 Beechcraft Baron 55, which has two engines and seats six, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the pilot reported a problem about 11:45 a.m. and the airplane went down about a minute later.
San Bernardino city fire spokesman Jason Serrano said both of the plane’s occupants were taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center in “critical and serious” condition, according to the San Bernardino Sun newspaper.
Rollins, 39, and his friend Greg Fitzgerald had flown to San Bernardino for a business meeting, said Chris Arndt, Innovative Concepts’ director of information technology.
“He owns the plane and flies it a lot,” Arndt said.
Fitzgerald, 61, of Paso Robles is managing partner of Vision-Work Associates and capital campaign manager for the new Cambria Library project.
The former Cambria resident was on the Cambria Community Services District board from 2000 to 2002, when he, his wife, Carol, and their family moved to Paso Robles.
Carol Fitzgerald said Monday she’d been informed that while her husband’s injuries are serious, including multiple fractures, doctors are confident he will recover.
Arndt said he had not learned any details about Rollins’ condition.
The plane left San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport at 10:34 a.m., according to FlightAware, an aviation website that tracks aircraft paths and flight plans filed with the FAA. It was due in San Bernardino at 12:12 p.m.
Serrano says a team of aircraft firefighters was at the airport for an experimental flight and witnessed the plane flying on its side close to the ground.
The Associated Press and Tribune staff writers David Sneed and Kathe Tanner contributed to this report.