Central Valley businessman killed in plane crash

January 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A Central Valley businessman was killed when his plane crashed Sunday in Kern County. Floyd Johnston, 72, was flying back to Fresno from San Diego with a friend at the time of the crash. Air traffic controllers lost radar contact with the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza airplane about nine miles southeast of Porterville on Sunday afternoon, but search and rescue efforts were hampered by poor visibility.

The wreckage was located Monday morning near the Tulare County and Kern County border southeast of Porterville. Both of the passengers onboard didn't survive.

Johnston was the founder of Johnston Construction, one of the Central Valley's largest construction companies. His daughter, Karen, described Johnston as a man who loved life. "He'd use his plane to fly from job to job. He didn't care how far away the job was or how close it was, he just loved to fly. He wasn't someone that wanted to slow down. There was nothing about my father that was 72 years old except for the ten years he's been on the planet," said Karen Johnston. The FAA and NTSB are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.