SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — A small Cessna plane crashed just south of the San Bernardino International Airport Friday night.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the pilot radioed for help at about 8 p.m., stating that he was experiencing engine failure.READ MORE: California Focusing On Urgent Projects As Wildfire Season Looms
The pilot was hoping to land at the airport, but lost contact with the tower and never made it to the runway, authorities said.READ MORE: Future Of Hollywood's Cinerama Dome Still In Question
The plane crashed just south of the airport, and fire crews were able to rescue the pilot who was taken to the hospital in critical, but stable, condition.
Despite preliminary reports that there might have been a passenger onboard, authorities believe the pilot was the only one in the plane when it crashed.MORE NEWS: Paul Flores, Father Arrested In 1996 Disappearance Of Kristin Smart
It was not immediately clear what caused the engine to fail.