Saturday, August 25, 2018

Champion 7KCAB Citabria, N1682G: Fatal accident occurred August 22, 2018 in Descanso, San Diego County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Crashed in rough terrain due to unknown circumstances.

Three Point Partners Inc

Date: 23-AUG-18
Time: 00:05:00Z
Regis#: N1682G
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7KCAB
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - The wreckage of a small plane has been discovered in Descanso. It was found in the area of Conejos Valley Road Thursday.

The single engine plane was supposed to land at Gillespie Field Wednesday night, but never did. 

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says they found wreckage of the missing plane in a rugged area in Descanso.

When the plane didn’t arrive at Gillespie Field, the sheriff’s department aired an overdue aircraft advisory message saying there were two people on board, possibly a student and instructor.

Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday night, Gillespie Field reported to sheriffs that the single-engine Champion CH7B plane had fallen off radar. Sheriffs dispatched their helicopter to start searching for the plane along its flight plan.

Around 1:30 Thursday morning they found what could be possible plane wreckage in a rugged area of Descanso, near three sisters Falls. The area is near 17 miles north-east of the airport.

Once the sun came out, it was clear that, that was the plane that crashed, with two people on board.

When the sheriff's department aired the overdue aircraft advisory message, it gave the tail number N1682G which is registered to Three Point Partners Inc.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating. Neither agency identified the people involved in aircraft accident. 

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UPDATE: Authorities confirmed two men were on board the plane. Their identities have not been released.

DESCANSO, Calif. (KGTV) - Federal aviation authorities reported the crash of a single-engine plane with two people on board in East San Diego County Wednesday night.

The Champion CH7B was reported overdue at Gillespie Field in El Cajon around 9:30 p.m.

Thursday morning, search crews found the wreckage of the plane in rough terrain in Descanso, about 17 miles northeast of the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration did not release immediate information about the two occupants of the plane.

"The terrain is so rugged there’s not even roads to get out to that area. The only way in is through helicopter," said Sheriff's Lt. Damon Blankenbaker.

Deputies established a command post at Three Sisters Falls trailhead. They photographed the crash site and ferried NTSB investigators to the wreckage Thursday.

It typically takes the NTSB a year or more to determine a probable cause for an accident, federal officials said.

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Two men were found dead in the wreckage of a small plane discovered Thursday in a rugged part of Descanso.

A search and rescue team made their way to the downed plane, near Tule Springs and Conejos Valley Road east of the El Capitan Reservoir, at daylight, the San Diego Sheriff's Department said. 

On Friday, the medical examiner's office said two men - ages 77 and 36 - were found dead inside the plane. 

Their names have been withheld pending notification of family. 

The plane left from Gillespie Field in El Cajon but did not return Wednesday.

Hours after the plane failed to return, a plane making a steep descent was spotted via radar by the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

The office then alerted the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. 

The men were traveling in a 1682G Champion 7KCAB certified aircraft, the medical examiner said.

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