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Solvang man identified as pilot killed in crash near Figueroa Mountain Road

Solvang pilot dies after plane crash in Santa Ynez Valley

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The wreckage of a plane that had been missing overnight was discovered Thursday morning in a remote area near Figueroa Mountain. 

The plane was flown by Pierre Josefsohn, 68, of Solvang. Josefsohn did not survive.

Josefsohn's plane was hangared at the Santa Ynez Airport. He was a well-known member of the flying community and an experienced pilot. 

Josefsohn's family members contacted law enforcement at around 8 p.m. Wednesday night after he did not arrive at the airport as expected.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff and Fire Air Support Unit scoured the area looking for the plane beginning Wednesday night, but had to stop due to dark and foggy conditions. It resumed the search Thursday morning.

With the help of tracking radar and binoculars, the wreckage of the plane was discovered early Thursday morning near an area called Goat Rock about two miles from a ranger station on Figueroa Mountain road by Search and Rescue crews. 

Sheriff's Search and Rescue had to climb up a steep ridgeline to a point above the wreckage. They then rappeled down to Josefsohn's body. Air support hoisted his body from the area and turned it over to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Coroner's Office at the Santa Babrara Airport. 

The accident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. 

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