- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - An 8-year-old Southern California boy was fighting for his life Wednesday after being critically injured in a plane crash that killed a veteran Los Angeles paramedic.

Sebastian Joshua Grewal underwent a second surgery Tuesday to relieve pressure on his brain, the Victorville Daily Press reported (https://bit.ly/1uST7yZ ). He was in extremely critical condition Wednesday, according to Briana Pastorino, a spokeswoman for Loma Linda University Medical Center.

The boy, from Hesperia, was injured Monday when the single-engine Grumman AA-1A nosedived and crashed at El Mirage Dry Lake in San Bernardino County.

Sebastian’s father, Josh Grewal, said his son loves airplanes and wants to be a pilot when he grows up.

“Looking at the wreckage of the plane, it’s a miracle that he is still alive,” Grewal said.

The pilot, 47-year-old Brian Lee, was killed. Lee, a paramedic for the Los Angeles Fire Department, was a family friend who gave Sebastian a plane ride during a camping trip, the newspaper said.

According to the LAFD, Lee was a 25-year veteran of the department and was not on duty when the plane experienced problems and went down.

The cause of the crash was under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Randy Naquin said the plane did a nosedive after experiencing “some sort of mechanical issue.”

Lee had taken off in the plane from the lakebed and planned to land there as well, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

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