Two bodies recovered in plane crash near El Capitan Reservoir identified

LAKESIDE (KUSI) — Representatives from Sky Combat Ace identified the pilot and passenger of the plane that crashed Saturday in the mountains about 30 miles northeast of San Diego. 

Garrett Engler and Peter Gillcrist died Saturday when their plane crashed about 4:15 p.m. Saturday in an area north of the El Capitan Reservoir, the medical examiner’s office said. The crash is assumed to have killed both people on board and sparked a brush fire that was extinguished Saturday night.

The flames blackened an estimated 15 to 20 acres on Saturday, sheriff’s officials said. Authorities from the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to investigate the plane crash. 

Gillcrist was a pilot with Sky Combat Ace, which identified the victims. It didn’t indicate who was piloting the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported the plane was an EXTRA EA 300. The plane was registered to KD Leasing based in Henderson, Nevada. 

Spokeswoman Megan Fazio said it appears no distress calls were made before the crash.

The company, which operates from San Diego, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas, describes itself as "the world’s most extreme aviation attraction."

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