Wreckage of L.A.-Bound Plane Found Near Tehachapi; 1 Confirmed Dead, 2 More Believed to Have Been On Board

Search crews on Friday found the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed on a mountaintop near Tehachapi, along with at least one body, officials said.

The remains of one person were immediately found at the crash scene, Sgt. Steve Williams of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Team said.

But the airplane was reported to have three people on board, he said. Deep snow in the area slowed down the search process at the crash site, which was inaccessible by roads.

“We have been able to confirm there is the remains of at least one body at the wreckage site,” Williams said. “The report is that there were three people on board. We’re still attempting to confirm that.”

The search began Thursday night after the son of the pilot contacted the Federal Aviation Administration to report his father’s airplane, which was traveling from San Luis Obispo to Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, was overdue.

The twin-engine Beechcraft BE-55 took off about 4 p.m., FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

No information was available Friday about what may have gone wrong.

“During it’s flight, it disappeared,” Williams said.

A signal from a cell phone aboard the plane helped search crews find the wreckage, about nine miles west of Tehachapi, officials said.

With help from a Kern County Fire Department Helicopter, as well as the Civil Air Patrol, searchers found the crash site Friday afternoon.

Anyone with information can reach the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this report.

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