The Los Angeles Fire Department says one person has been found dead following an intensive search for a small plane that crashed in a foggy area on Saturday night
LOS ANGELES– A person has been found dead following an intensive search for a small plane that crashed in a foggy area of Los Angeles on Saturday night, authorities said.
The Los Angeles Fire Department posted an alert online at 11:20 p.m. saying a victim had been found at the scene where the single-engine plane crashed.
The pilot was not immediately identified and no one else was on board the plane.
Fire ground crews located the downed plane on a steep hill above a home in Beverly Glen Circle.
An air traffic controller first reported the plane as missing. The controller lost radar contact with the plane, which was believed to be traveling between Santa Monica Airport and Van Nuys Airport, firefighters said in an alert shortly after 8 p.m.
There were no 911 calls to report an accident, the department said.
Fire helicopters and ground crews searched for nearly an hour before a helicopter picked up a signal from a plane’s emergency position radio beacon near Beverly Glen Terrace and Beverly Glen Boulevard.
Ground staff then conducted a grid search of the Beverley Crest area around Mulholland Drive, which was “shrouded in dense fog at ground level”, the department said.
Researchers used the pilot’s cellphone carrier information with assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration, Van Nuys Airport, Burbank Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and the U.S. Air Force, the fire department said.