87-year old Lake Elsinore man dies from injuries sustained in plane crash

ESCONDIDO – An 87-year-old attorney from Lake Elsinore died today from injuries he suffered when the World War II-era training plane he was piloting crashed as he tried to make a landing at a back-country airport in Warner Springs.

Richard Hawkins of Lake Elsinore and his 60-year-old son, Don, were in a Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR biplane that struck a wind-sock pole and plummeted to the ground about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Paramedics airlifted both men to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, where the father died shortly before 12:30 a.m. His son remained hospitalized in serious condition this afternoon, Palomar spokesman Andy Hoang said.

Hawkins resided in Lake Elsinore with his wife.

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Lake Elsinore man dies after sustaining injuries in plane crash

ESCONDIDO – A Lake Elsinore man who was injured, along with his adult son, when the biplane they were in crashed at Warner Springs Airport, died early today, authorities said.

Richard Hawkins, 87, died at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido at 12:22 a.m., according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Hawkins and his 60-year-old son Don were in a Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR that went down at Warner Springs Airport for unknown reasons about 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft cartwheeled and broke apart upon impact.

Paramedics airlifted both men to Palomar Medical Center, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said. The younger Hawkins’ medical condition as of this morning was not available.

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