Officials find wreckage of downed aircraft near Stallion Springs; at least 1 person killed

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UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: Officials confirmed they have located the wreckage of a downed aircraft near Stallion Springs. Officials said they have found remains of at least one person.

Officials said there were possibly as many as three people in the aircraft and are continuing their search.

The sheriff’s office first received a report of the crash Thursday at around 10:30 p.m.

Officials first spotted the wreckage of the plane Friday morning at around 10:30 with the help of a Kern County Fire Department helicopter.

Because of recent snowfall in the local mountains, officials said accessing the crash site is difficult. No roads lead directly to the scene, officials said.

Officials said the twin-engine plane took off from San Luis Obispo and was headed to Los Angeles. During the flight, the plane crossed into Kern County, lost contact and did not arrive at its destination in Los Angeles.

Officials said the pilot’s son contacted the FAA about the missing plane.

NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.

Update: 9:15 a.m.: Kern County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 10:30 p.m Thursday night to a reported downed plane in the Tehachapi Mountains. 

The plane was traveling from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles. 

Search efforts began in the area of I-5 and Highway 166 and then lead to the Tehachapi Mountains.

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue continued searching the area until 3:30 a.m. Friday morning. 

Civil Air Patrol will be flying over the mountains to search for a potential plane this morning. 

KCSO Search and Rescue is on standby to continue their search. 

Kern County Fire Department, California Office of Emergency Services, Civil Air Patrol are working with KCSO. 

Update 8:40 a.m.: Kern County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night to a reported downed plane in the Tehachapi Mountains. 

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue continued searching the area until 3:30 a.m. Friday morning. 

Civil Air Patrol will be flying over the area to search for a potential plane this morning. 

KCSO Search and Rescue is on standby to continue their search. 

Kern County Fire Department will be assisting as needed. 

Kern County Fire Department confirms a search for a possible plane crash has been underway.

A search began late Thursday night and continued Friday morning by the Kern County Fire Department and Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team. 

Initial reports said the plane was near the Mettler area and crews were searching the property of Skydive San Joaquin Valley for a possible plane, the owner confirms. 

Later a report came in that a plane in distress was near the Tehachapi and Stallion Springs area.  

The plane is not related to Skydive San Joaquin Valley.

Kern County Fire could not confirm if crews are currently searching. 

We will update this story as more information becomes available. 

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