National Transportation Safety Board

Body found in wreckage of airplane near Lake Hughes

Body found in wreckage of airplane near Lake Hughes

Searchers discovered a body amid the wreckage of a small aircraft that was found Wednesday on a snowcapped slope in the Angeles National Forest near Lake Hughes, authorities said.

The Mooney M20J airplane was flying from Tehachapi to Torrance on Thursday when it disappeared, according to Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Los Angeles. Authorities presumed the plane had crashed and search crews had been looking for signs of wreckage ever since. 

“Local authorities say that only the pilot was on board,” Kenitzer said.

At about 10 a.m. Wednesday, members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s...

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