Authorities ID Pilot Killed in Plane Crash Near Mount Baldy

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)

A 66-year-old Upland man was identified on Wednesday as the pilot killed in a crash near Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains the previous day.

Stephen Lassetter’s body was discovered inside the plane after it crashed on a hillside near San Antonio Heights before dawn on Tuesday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. 

Fontana deputies responded to the area shortly before 5 a.m. after a caller became concerned when he was unable to contact the pilot, who was in a single engine Piper Cherokee, a sheriff’s news release stated.

Lassatter had taken off from Cable Airport and was headed to Riverside when the plane crashed in San Bernardino County, according to the release.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.