Two people were found dead Friday after their small plane slammed into a hillside in the Cleveland National Forest, and in a separate accident on Santa Catalina Island, two survivors were cut from the wreckage of their aircraft after it crashed approaching the runway of the island airport.
Searchers found the victims in the Cleveland National Forest crash after the crew of a Marine Corps helicopter saw the wreckage on the north slope of Sierra Peak, along the Orange-Riverside County border.
Investigators said the Cessna 210 appeared to have been there at least 24 hours. Federal Aviation Administration officials said they had no recent reports of late or missing aircraft.
Orange County Fire Capt. Dan Young said the plane appeared to have struck the hillside and bounced before coming to a rest about 1,000 feet from the initial impact. Wreckage was scattered over about 1,200 feet, he said.