Sheriff's deputies from the Cabazon station were investigating the death of a man killed when his small, experimental plane crashed Saturday.
Charles Ross, of Lakeview, was pronounced dead at 7:42 p.m. after his aircraft went down at Whitewater Canyon, about one mile north of the 10 Freeway, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.
"Witnesses reported seeing an ultra-light type aircraft flying through the canyon and begin to have problems," Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Wilson Padilla stated in a news release.
"They stated after swaying from side to side, the parachute on the aircraft deployed but the ultra-light crashed approximately one mile north of the freeway and west of Whitewater Canyon Road," Padilla wrote.
Witnesses helped the pilot out of the plane and called emergency crews.
Sheriff’s deputies from the Cabazon station were investigating the crash, officials said.
The ultralight aircraft went down near the Whitewater Fishing Preserve, Padilla stated.