Chico Man Identified After Plane Crash

Chico Man Identified After Plane Crash

On Friday, May 3, 2019, authorities of the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department released the identity of a man who tragically lost his life during a plane accident that took place two days earlier. The decedent was identified as Lowell Daun, a 72-year-old man, and resident of Chico. Additionally, two more individuals suffered serious injuries during the incident. However, these individuals have not been identified by authorities. My sympathies and support are with Mr. Daun’s friends and family during this difficult period of time.

Crash Information

The accident took place on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Daun had been a passenger in a 1976 Cessna 182-p Skylane. Authorities reported that they were able to identify the plane as belonging to a Chico-based rental company. The plane was flying near the small community of Mineral at about 11:00 a.m. when, according to Federal Aviation Administration’s  (FAA) preliminary reports, its wing made contact with a local power line. The collision caused the plane to crash in a nearby field called Child’s Meadows, a short distance north of the eastern junction of Highways 36 and 172.

Reports from the Oakland Air Traffic Control center indicate that they received a call reporting complete engine failure before the plane crash-landed. The pilot of the aircraft told the staff at the control center that the plane would crash.


Emergency medical personnel were rushed to the accident site immediately. When responders reached Child’s Meadows, they found the plane upside-down, with major damage to its front end. Daun was discovered with critical injuries and, tragically, passed away on site. The pilot and second passenger were both transported to a local hospital for emergency care. Updates on their conditions have not yet been reported.

An investigation into this accident is still being conducted by authorities of the FAA. According to officials, the FAA has classified this crash as an accident. However, a full report of the factors suspected to have been involved has not been released.

A Life Remembered

Lowell Daun is survived by two daughters, several grandchildren, and his wife, Dorothy. One friend spoke to reporters and remarked that he was “an amazing man,” noting that he was a member of the board of directors for a local day school for over a decade. Daun had also been a dentist for more than 30 years as well as a hobbyist pilot.

Contacting an Attorney

Often, people want to put off dealing with a wrongful death case. However, liable parties are usually quick to begin building a legal defense and having help from a Chico wrongful death lawyer early on can be vital in claiming the payments you deserve. Additionally, knowing that a professional is taking care of your case can give you the confidence and time you need to focus on spending time with your loved ones and healing emotionally after such a terrible event.

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