Small plane crashes, burns on Mt. Di­ablo — pi­lot found dead

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA - By Roland Li Roland Li is a Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: [email protected]­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @rolandl­isf

A small plane crashed on the slopes of Mount Di­ablo on Fri­day, killing the pi­lot, who is be­lieved to have been the only per­son on board, au­thor­i­ties say.

The downed sin­gleengine Mooney M20 air­craft was dis­cov­ered Satur­day 2 miles south­west of the Contra Costa County peak, said Ian Gre­gor, a spokesman for the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion. The plane crashed and burned some­time Fri­day night.

The pi­lot, whose iden­tity was not pro­vided by au­thor­i­ties, was fly­ing from Hay­ward to Lin­coln (Placer County), Gre­gor said. A fam­ily mem­ber re­ported Satur­day that the air­craft hadn’t landed as sched­uled.

Cal­i­for­nia State Parks of­fi­cials, who man­age Mount Di­ablo as a park, con­firmed that the pi­lot had died.

The FAA and Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board will in­ves­ti­gate the crash. It typ­i­cally takes a year or more to de­ter­mine the cause of a crash, Gre­gor said.

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