Police identify pilot of San Diego plane found crashed in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (KUSI) — The pilot who died in a small plane crash in the Angeles National Forest Sunday has been identified.

Thomas Bruff, 57, died at the scene near Altadena, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported, after the white Cessna 182 aircraft with blue stripes crashed into the rugged mountainside.

Efforts to recover the body were suspended Sunday and Monday due to fog. Crews were expected to resume Tuesday, sheriff’s Sgt. Vincent Plair said, but Lt. Larry Dietz said at about 7:30 p.m. the body was in the custody of the coroner’s office. It is unclear how it was recovered.

The plane was located about 4:30 p.m. Sunday after a report about 4 hours earlier said that the plane had crashed, Capt. Bill Song of the sheriff’s Crescenta Valley station said.

Radar data from flightware.com showed the plane departed from Montgomery Field at 7:37 a.m. and was approaching Santa Monica Airport when it flew in a straight line to the northeast. The radar path ended near Mount Wilson.

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FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the plane lost contact with ground controllers at about 8:30 a.m. when it was 17 miles east of Van Nuys Airport.

The FAA and NTSB will investigate the crash, Kenitzer said.

The Cessna was owned by a San Diego company and had the tail number N133BW, FAA records show.

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