PORTERVILLE, Calif. (KGET) — The pilot of a small plane died Saturday afternoon after it crashed near Porterville.
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called for a report of a plane going down east of Highway 65 and south of Avenue 120 just before 3 p.m.
Tulare sheriff’s officials said they found the wreckage of a Cessna twin-engine plane that crashed. The pilot was the only person onboard and was confirmed dead at the scene.
The plane took off from Porterville Municipal Airport at 2:46 p.m. and lost communication with air traffic controllers at around 2:55 p.m. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive at the crash site sometime Sunday.
Officials at the FAA tell sister station KSEE in Fresno, the plane’s intended destination was Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport in Wisconsin.