Three people found dead in plane wreckage that sparked Volcan Mountain fire

Posted at 10:55 AM, May 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-13 23:20:36-04

RANCHITA, Calif. (KGTV) - Three people were found dead Sunday at the wreckage site of a plane crash that sparked a fire on Volcan Mountain that began Thursday night, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The people have not been identified. The victims will be airlifted out of the mountain once conditions are safe, the sheriff's office said. The winds were too high on Sunday to fly to the location.

Because of the wildfire that burned at the site of the crash along with difficult conditions, investigators could not reach the site until Sunday.

CalFire said the fire is now 100 percent contained and burned 12 acres. Crews will still be mopping up the crash site for several days, CalFire said.

About 70 firefighters spent the night into Saturday fighting back flames.

Friday, San Diego Sheriff's Department (SDSO) officials said they had located the wreckage of a "possible crash site" in the area, but could not reach it due to the fire. Cal Fire says the fire is burning “in an area that is steep and inaccessible to ground resources.”

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10News learned of the tail number of the reported plane involved late Friday. The tail number is linked to another incident in August 2013, where a twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess aircraft experienced a hard landing at Gillespie Field, collapsing a nose gear.