JAMUL, Calif. — Emergency crews responding to a report of a possible plane crash Tuesday in the remote, rugged southern reaches of San Diego County found the widely scattered wreckage of a light aircraft and human remains.
The search began at about 12:45 p.m. after a caller reported seeing a plane apparently crash near the 17900 block of Lyons Valley Road. Cal Fire San Diego and San Diego Sheriff's Department teams were both first on the scene.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates.
The AESTRA helicopter above the crash site reported a large debris field where the crash was reported and hoisted a rescue team down to check the wreckage and look for survivors.
The crash scene is described as a rocky area with rocky peaks and a valley, very remote and only accessible by helicopter.
The type of plane that went down was not immediately clear, though a home-built aircraft being flown by a solo pilot was reported missing out of Gillespie Field in El Cajon earlier in the day, said Thomas Shoots, a fire captain with the state agency.