Two die in Mono crash |

Two die in Mono crash

The Record-Courier

Two men died Monday morning when the aircraft they were in crashed on Sherwin Grade in eastern California about 20 miles south of Mammoth Lakes.

Gregory Ronald Little, 41, of Highland, Calif., and Geoffrey Scott Kostiuk, 21, of Perris, Calif., were killed when the 1969 Musketeer Beechcraft A-23 they were in hit near the top of Sherwin Grade, between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes.

Kostiuk was serving on active duty with the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Little, a UPS shipper, left behind a wife and daughter. The plane was heard sputtering and seen spiraling toward the ground by a witness who reported the crash at 11:29 a.m.

Officials with the Mono County Sheriff’s Department said the small plane was traveling from the Riverside area toward Mammoth Lakes. The summit of Sherwin Grade is between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes on Highway 395 at an elevation of about 7,000 feet.

Deputies from the sheriff’s department, California Highway Patrol, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, miscellaneous fire agencies and other rescue vehicles responded to the top of the grade, where rescuers located the crash site.

The National Transportation Safety Board was traveling to the crash site Tuesday to start an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

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