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Plane Crashes In Anza-Borrego State Park

 

Last updated 3/21/2017 at 11:10am



Borrego was at the heart of its own little mystery over the weekend following a small plane crashing after taking off from the Borrego Springs Airport.

Two men apparently walked away uninjured after the small plane in which they were riding crashed en route to Palm Springs.

The Federal Aviation Administration launched an investigation into the crash following unknown reasons immediately after taking off. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in Florida picked up a signal from the single-engine Cubcrafters CC11-160’s emergency locator beacon Saturday afternoon indicating it was somewhere in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. A Civil Air Patrol search plane spotted the wrecked aircraft about nine miles northeast of the airport.

A sheriff’s department helicopter crew found the plane abandoned, but authorities were later able to track down the pilot at his home in Pacific Palisades. The pilot, whose name was not immediately released, told investigators he and his brother-in-law were not injured in the crash and walked away afterward. They had intended to report the accident to his insurance company.

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