Tragic Plane crash Claims Lives of Four Bay Area Residents
In a heartbreaking turn of events, a small plane crashed into the waters off the coast of Half Moon Bay last week, resulting in the loss of four lives. The pilot, identified as Lochie Ferrier, and his fiancée, Cassidy Rae Petit, were among the victims. The couple, who had recently relocated from Vermont to Oakland, was set to tie the knot in Hawaii next week.
Both Ferrier and Petit were described by their families as adventurous and ambitious individuals. Ferrier, an experienced test pilot, had worked at a Bay Area aviation firm and was known for his expertise in electric planes. Petit, on the other hand, was a driven young woman who had a passion for women’s health and equity. She had interned at a local nonprofit and co-founded an agricultural startup.
The crash also claimed the lives of another Bay Area couple, Isaac Zimmern and Emma Willmer-Shiles, both 27 years old and residing in San Francisco. Willmer-Shiles’ body was recovered by a commercial fishing crew the day after the incident, while the bodies of the other victims remain missing.
The plane, a single-engine, four-seater Cozy MK IV, had been flying erratically before it plummeted into the ocean. The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the crash, and a preliminary report is expected to be released within the next month.
The incident has left the community devastated, and the families of the victims are planning memorial services to honor their loved ones. Petit’s family highlighted her free-spirited nature and love for adventure, mentioning her plans to surf in her wedding gown following the ceremony.
As the investigation continues, authorities are working to piece together the events leading up to the crash. The plane was registered to Oakland-based Winged Wallabies Inc., and it had taken off from Hayward Executive Airport before landing at the Half Moon Bay Airport.
This tragic accident serves as a reminder of the risks associated with aviation, even for experienced pilots. The community mourns the loss of these young lives and hopes for answers to come from the ongoing investigation.