A video made by a witness located in a restaurant parking lot near the top of a ridge near Lake Elsinore, Calif., initially shows the Piper PA 28R’s wings level at a low altitude with a steady engine rpm and the landing gear in the retracted position. The airplane then makes about a 45° left turn.
It subsequently levels off, flying in the direction toward the ridgeline with the landing gear in the extended position. The airplane continues at a low altitude toward the rising terrain, and then the video ends. [Read more…]