Updated at 12:45 p.m. May 17, 2016
A pilot who was killed when his small plane crashed near Altadena in the Angeles National Forest was a 57-year-old San Diego resident, authorities said Tuesday.
Thomas Bruff was the lone occupant of the Cessna 182, which was located about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the 4,000-foot level about four miles north of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Authorities received a report about 8:20 a.m. Sunday that the plane, which crashed into a rugged cliffside of Brown Mountain, was missing.
Radar data from Flightaware.com showed that the Cessna departed at 7:37 that morning from Montgomery Field in San Diego.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the plane had been en route to Santa Monica on an instrument flight plan. Contact with ground controllers was lost about 8:30 a.m. when the plane was 17 miles east of Van Nuys Airport.
Search-and-rescue teams and the Los Angeles County Fire Department took part in a massive ground search to locate the wreckage because foggy conditions hindered the air search and body recovery effort.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the crash.
— City News Service
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