The pilot who died in Friday night's single-engine plane crash on Mount Diablo has been identified on a Facebook tribute page and via other sources as 49-year-old Chris de Bar of Granite Bay, near Roseville.
The Facebook page for Julian Rock Memorial, which claims as its mission to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee, features a post made early Sunday morning mourning the death of de Bar, and called him a supporter of their cause and "a huge personality."
de Bar's own Facebook page shows him racing motorcycles and describes him as a former skydiver.
The single-engine Mooney M20 aircraft crashed sometime Friday night into a hillside two miles southwest of the peak of Mount Diablo near Summit Road. The plane, with the pilot the only person aboard, was flying from Hayward Executive Airport to Lincoln, in Placer County. On Saturday, a family member reported the aircraft as overdue after it had not landed as scheduled in Lincoln.
The wreckage was spotted about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the subsequent investigation as to why the plane crashed.