Authorities investigate cause of Lakeside-area plane crash

Posted at 8:48 AM, Oct 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-23 11:48:47-04

LAKESIDE, Calif. (CNS) - Authorities are working Monday to identify the human remains recovered where a plane crash sparked a fire over the weekend in Lakeside, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

The single-engine propeller plane, "with a reported pilot and passenger" on board, crashed about 4:15 p.m. Saturday in an area north of the El Capitan Reservoir, the medical examiner's office said. The crash is assumed to have killed both people on board and sparked a brush fire that was extinguished Saturday night.

Because of the blaze, medical examiner's officials weren't able to survey the crash site until Sunday.

"Debris consistent with the plane was located," the medical examiner's office said. "Human remains were found and recovered on (Sunday). Identification is pending."

The flames blackened an estimated 15 to 20 acres on Saturday, sheriff's officials said. Authorities from the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to investigate the plane crash.

Allen Kenitzer, a spokesperson for the FAA told 10News on Sunday "the aircraft registration and type is unknown at this time. The number of people onboard also cannot be confirmed at this time."

He said the plane may have been flying from Gillespie Field in El Cajon, but all information was preliminary. The FAA are also investigating the incident.