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Small plane makes emergency landing

March 8, 2020

ESSEX, Calif – On Wednesday, March 4 at about 8:37 PM, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station were notified of a downed plane. The plane was forced to conduct an emergency landing approximately 20 miles south of the I‑40 freeway in the BLM area of the Stepladder Mountains east of Essex.

It was discovered that the pilot, Jewel Dixon (86 of Las Vegas, Nevada) had run out of fuel while flying his fixed wing, single engine Cessna.

Upon landing, Dixon's aircraft flipped over and came to rest upside down. Sheriff's Aviation Division responded to the crash site and discovered Dixon had sustained only minor injuries. Sheriff's Aviation personnel retrieved Dixon and flew him to awaiting deputies at the intersection of Water Road and I‑40. There, he was evaluated by paramedics and transported to the Colorado River Medical Center for further treatment.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy J. Wagner at the Colorado River Station at 909-326-9200.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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