Pilot killed in plane crash on Mount Diablo

Small plane went down Friday night for unknown reasons; wreckage found next afternoon

The pilot of a small plane that took off from Hayward Executive Airport is dead after that plane crashed and burned on Mount Diablo on Friday night, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said Saturday.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said a single-engine Mooney M20 aircraft crashed into a hillside two miles southwest of the peak of Mount Diablo near Summit Road at an unknown time Friday night. The pilot was flying from Hayward to Lincoln, in Placer County. On Saturday, a family member of the pilot reported the aircraft was overdue after it had not landed as scheduled.

The wreckage was spotted about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Contra Costa County coroner was called to the scene that is within Mount Diablo State Park in unincorporated Contra Costa County, state parks police spokeswoman Gloria Sandoval said Saturday.

The name of the pilot was not made public as of late Saturday afternoon.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the subsequent investigation. Gregor said it typically takes the NTSB a year or more to determine a probable cause of a crash.

— Bay City News Service

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