Pilot killed in crash of small plane in California mountains
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot has been killed after a small plane crashed in the Southern California mountains.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says the wreckage of the single-engine Aviat plane was spotted early Thursday in a remote area.
Crews hiked a steep ridgeline near Figueroa Mountain and found the wreckage and the pilot’s body.
He’s identified as 68-year-old Pierre Josefsohn of nearby Solvang.
Officials say the pilot’s family called authorities late Wednesday after he failed to return from a day flight around the region west of Los Angeles.
Josefsohn was described as an experienced pilot.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.