San Luis Obispo County

Bodies recovered from plane wreckage in Kern County

Plane traveling from San Luis Obispo crashes in Kern County, at least one dead

Update: 2/5/19

Kern County Sheriff's Office recovered all three bodies from the wreckage of the plane crash. 

The identities of the three people killed have not yet been released.


Update: 4:15 p.m.

At least one person is confirmed dead after searchers located the wreckage of a plane that crashed on top of the Tehachapi Mountains. 

The wreckage of the plane was first spotted at around 10:30 a.m. Friday morning by a Kern County Fire Department helicopter.

The plane departed from San Luis Obispo on Thursday and was due to arrive in Los Angeles. When the plane didn't arrive, the son of the pilot contacted authorities.

Due to deep snow at the wreckage site, search crews were only able to confirm one fatality. They will continue to search the wreckage site to look for any other possible victims. Kern County Sheriff's Office originally said that there were three people onboard the plane when it departed.

The wreckage site is near Cummings Mountain in an area with no direct roads and is difficult to access.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration and local coroner's office will also conduct their own investigations.


KERN COUNTY, Calif. - The Kern County Sheriff's Office conducted a search for an overdue plan that took off from San Luis Obispo on Thursday.

The sheriff's department was notified of the missing plane at around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Kern County Sheriff's deputies searched in the area of Interstate 5 and Highway 166 and the focus of search shifted to the snowy Tehachapi Mountains. The mountainous area currently has two to three feet of snow on the ground.

Patrol units and a Search and Rescue team conducted the search until around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

The overdue aircraft was traveling from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles. It is a twin-engine Beechcraft private plane believed to have three occupants. 

Sheriff's officials said they have requested the Civil Air Patrol to fly over the mountains and Search and Rescue team members are on standby.

Anyone with information about the missing plane is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 661-861-3110.


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