The medical conditions of two San Luis Obispo County businessmen continue to improve at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where they remain after the small plane they were flying in crashed Monday in San Bernardino.
Pilot Lonny Rollins, 39, the owner of the San Luis Obispo technology firm Innovative Concepts, was upgraded to fair condition, according to a representative at the Southern California hospital. Greg Fitzgerald, 61, of Paso Robles, who was a passenger in the plane, was in good condition.
Rollins’ father, Larry Rollins, posted a statement on the Innovative Concepts website saying Rollins suffered major injuries to both his ankles, requiring surgery and casts. He will also need to wear a back brace for a few months, according to the post.Fitzgerald is managing partner of Vision-Work Associates in Paso Robles, and capital campaign manager for the new Cambria Library project.
The plane crashed just before noon Monday into a recreational vehicle storage yard about a half-mile southwest of the San Bernardino International Airport. The pair was reportedly on a business trip.
Another post on the Innovative Concepts website said, “According to family members, the last thing that Lonny and Greg remember was a warning alarm on approach, which went away when the landing gear was deployed, followed by a cleared visual inspection by the tower. Greg recalls an engine failure before he loses memory, and Lonny is quoted as ‘That’s not good’ right before the crash.
“Those of us who have flown with these two know that they are both conscientious and analytical pilots, who love the activity. They were flying down to visit a new customer and to create a long-term technology plan for that company.”