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San Bernardino sheriff’s deputy among two killed in plane crash in Big Bear, officials say

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(Los Angeles Times)

A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was one of two people killed in a plane crash in Big Bear on Saturday night, authorities said.

The Cessna 172 crashed “under unknown circumstances” after departing from Big Bear City Airport, said Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Around 10:30 p.m., someone reported to police that the plane was expected at the Apple Valley Airport and was delayed, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities immediately began an aerial search between the Big Bear and Apple Valley airports. They located the wreckage around 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the county area of Big Bear.

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A flight crew member was hoisted to the wreckage and found two bodies, that of a man and a woman.

The deputy who was killed was identified as Rebecca Joan Raymond, 28, who joined the agency in September 2016, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The man was not identified.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

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This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

Twitter: @AleneTchek

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UPDATES:

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5:55 p.m.: This article was updated with additional information about one of the victims.

This article was originally published at 4:25 p.m.


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