Former The Bachelor contestant Erin Storm has died in a private airplane crash in Los Angeles County on Monday, reports confirmed.
— E! Online (@eonline) March 23, 2016
Storm, who appeared on Season 12 of the ABC show The Bachelor, was reportedly the only passenger in the private aircraft, which crashed right after taking off. Storm, 41, who got her pilot’s license from Pacific Blue Air, had been flying on her own since her solo flight in November last year, according to the Pacific Blue Air’s Facebook page.
Police reports said they were alerted that an airplane had crashed into the Hawthorne streets near 120th and Crenshaw, near the Hawthorne Municipal Airport at noon on Monday, March 21. The aircraft was reportedly on fire when police arrived on the crash site. A construction crew witnessed the incident and pulled Storm out of the damaged aircraft.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) March 23, 2016
Erin Storm was immediately treated by the Los Angeles Fire Department and the medical team at the UCLA Medical Center in Carson but the reality star died.
Byron Mayes, an employee at nearby Best Drilling Pump Inc. also saw the Airborne XT-912 as it crashed a few feet from them.
“All of a sudden, my partner started yelling, ‘Watch out, there's a plane coming! And it looked like the plane veered up, lost control and hit a couple feet away from the truck, a couple feet away from us,” he recalled.
FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board authorities are currently investigating the incident.
Friends of Storm’s have expressed their grief on her Facebook page.
The Bachelor star Matt Grant was “massively shocked” by her tragic death. Grant remembers Storm as a “genuine, self-assured, beautiful and hilarious” person.
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) March 23, 2016
Erin Storm joined ABC’s reality dating show The Bachelor in 2008 but was eliminated in week three, and Grant chose Shayne Lamas in the final episode.