Erin Storm, a contestant on season 12 of "The Bachelor," has died in a plane crash, according to multiple reports.
Erin, a pilot, competed for the heart of hunky Brit Matt Grant in 2008 on the popular ABC reality show.
According to local reports, Erin was flying an Airborne XT-912 light-sport, weight-shift control plane and crashed soon after taking off from the Hawthorne Municipal Airport near Los Angeles on March 21.
Erin worked as a pilot for Pacific Blue Air, an aircraft training facility based at Hawthorne Airport. According to witnesses, Storm was dressed in a blue Pacific Blue Air jumpsuit for her final flight.
Byron Mayes was working near the airport and told a local NBC affiliate that he witnessed the crash.
"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 said.
The man said he and his coworkers ran over to the burning plane and pulled the former reality star out of the aircraft.
Fire had spread to their work truck and up the hoses they were using, Mayes told KTLA, adding "Our first thought was getting her out, making sure she was OK."
NBC claims that Erin's legs were on fire, and she was in cardiac arrest when rescue crews arrived.
Responding firefighters were able to halt the flames, and paramedics performed "life-saving measures."
She was transported to a trauma center and later pronounced dead.
No one else was in the plane with Erin and no one on the ground was injured in the crash. There was minimal property damage to the street and sidewalk where the airplane crashed.
Erin was eliminated during week 3 of her "Bachelor" season. Reality star Shayne Lamas was awarded the final rose that season.
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