Angeles National Forest plane crash leaves 1 man dead

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — 5:10 p.m. — Authorities have located the crashed Cessna 182 in the Angeles National Forest, discovering the plane at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department confirmed. Rescue crews searched through the mountain for hours, battling low visibility due to foggy conditions. 

One male was discovered dead in the wreckage. Officials do not believe there were any other passengers on board. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is handling the investigation. 

12 p.m. — A Cessna 182 with tail number N133BW was found crashed in the Angeles National Forest. The plane had departed from Montgomery Field in San Diego at 7:37 a.m. Sunday morning and was en route to Santa Monica. The aircraft was in a holding pattern to Santa Monica Airport when it flew in a straight line to the northeast. The radar path dropped near Mount Wilson.    

11:26 a.m. — A small aircraft that departed from a San Diego airport was found crashed in the Angeles National Forest, north of Pasadena. A white Cessna 182 aircraft with blue stripes was discovered before 9 a.m. Sunday morning near Mount Wilson, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher. 

The crash was near Mount Wilson Rd. at the Angeles Crest Highway, state Route 2. 

Heavy clouds in the skies limited visibility to 200 ft., according to the dispatcher. "They (search and rescue teams) can see it, but they’re unable to tell if there are any passengers," she said. "They’re having an access problem."

The FAA indicated that the pilot was on a flight from San Diego to Santa Monica. The location of the crash was outside of a direct route to the pilot’s destination. 

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