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The Latest: Small plane crashed hours before it was found

January 29, 2019

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a small plane crash in San Diego County (all times local):

2:31 p.m.

Authorities say a single-engine aircraft found on a northern San Diego County hillside Tuesday morning had crashed hours earlier.

One of its two occupants was killed and the other was taken to a hospital after the wreckage was spotted on a slope high above a highway in Oceanside.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says that according to preliminary information the plane took off from Oceanside Municipal Airport around 9 p.m. Monday and crashed about a quarter-mile south of the field.

Oceanside police spokesman Tom Bussey says he doesn’t have details but there was a report of some kind of a crash after 9 p.m. and officers searched for an hour in heavy fog and couldn’t find anything while looking in a riverbed.

At 7:14 a.m. Tuesday, a motorist reported seeing the wreckage high up on the steep slope along State Route 76.

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8:22 a.m.

A small plane has crashed into a hillside in coastal San Diego County.

KGTV reports one person was killed and another was trapped after the crash Tuesday morning near Oceanside.

The station says the crash was reported to police and firefighters just before 7:30 a.m. on Canyon Drive near State Route 76.

An aerial view of the crash site shows the wreckage just below the crest of a ridge.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the unidentified single-engine airplane with two people aboard crashed under unknown circumstances.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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