Officials have found the remains of two other people in the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the Tehachapi Mountains last week, authorities said.
Kern County sheriff’s officials confirmed that all three victims had been recovered Sunday evening, three days after the small plane was reported missing. Kern County coroner’s officials have not yet identified those onboard, said Dawn Ratliff, chief of the coroner’s office.
The twin-engine Beechcraft was on a flight from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles when the Kern County Sheriff’s Office received calls about 10:30 p.m. Thursday that the plane was overdue.
Assisted by aircraft, search crews scoured the snow-capped mountains and finally spotted the wreckage about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. One of the bodies was discovered shortly after the plane was found.
Sheriff’s officials had said it would be difficult to find the other bodies because much of the wreckage was buried under about 5 feet of snow. The crash happened on the side of the mountain with no access roads, Sgt. Steve Williams said.
Search teams had to use heavy machinery to carve a trail to the crash site.