Pilot Found Dead in Plane Wreckage Discovered Near Mount Baldy

A pilot was found dead in the wreckage of a plane found near Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains Tuesday morning, officials said.

Wreckage from a plane was discovered near Upland on Nov. 22, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Wreckage from a plane was discovered near Upland on Nov. 22, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The downed aircraft was initially spotted by a ground crew on a brush-filled hillside off Holly Drive and 26th Street in the San Antonio Heights area about 6 a.m., and shortly after, a pilot and observer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department landed their helicopter near the wreckage and responded to the scene.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department later confirmed the body of a single occupant had been found in the wreckage.

The single-engine Piper plane last made contact with officials at Ontario Airport early Tuesday morning, Fire Department Battalion Chief Doug Nelson said.

Officials believe the plane originally took off from Brackett Field in La Verne, Nelson said.

The pilot appeared to have suffered “multi-systems trauma” as a result of the crash, Nelson said.

The pilot’s identity has not been released.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash.

KTLA’s Alberto Mendez contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect responding agency. It has been updated.