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Wreckage of Missing Plane Is Found

Pilot, whose burned body was found at remote site, was bound for Borrego Springs.

January 10, 2003|Mike Anton | Times Staff Writer

The wreckage of a plane reported missing after takeoff from Fullerton Municipal Airport was found Thursday in a remote area of northern San Diego County.

Authorities declined to identify the pilot, whose body was badly burned, until after an autopsy.

The single-engine Mooney aircraft left Fullerton on Wednesday bound for Borrego Springs east of San Diego, where the pilot was to pick up a friend, said Lt. Doug Clements of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities had searched for the plane for nearly 24 hours before they found it about 11 a.m. in a scrub-filled area about nine miles northwest of Warren Springs.

"We're surmising that, because the wreckage was confined to a small area, that it was a steep-angled crash," Clements said.

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