News Alert!!: Big Bear, CA: Plane crash kills 2 people, including a deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 10:30pm PT on Saturday, July 29th, 2017, deputies from the Apple Valley Police Department were requested to respond to the Apple Valley Airport in search of a vehicle belonging to the victim.
The reporting party stated the victims were flying in from Big Bear, California and were overdue.
Deputies located the vehicle at the airport and contacted the Aviation Division for assistance.
An aerial search began immediately covering the area between the Big Bear and Apple Valley airports.
At approximately 9:30am PT on Sunday, July 30th, 2017, the crew aboard 40K3 located a single engine aircraft down in the county area of Big Bear Mountain.
A flight crew member was hoisted to the wreckage and located two deceased; an adult male and female.
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The female has been identified as 28 year old Rebecca Joan Raymond, a deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Rebecca Joan Raymond assigned to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Barstow Station in Barstow, California and, has been with the department since September of 2016.
The second person who died in the plane crash was a male adult, but identification is pending after notifying next of kin.
The F.A.A. and N.T.S.B. were contacted and have responded to assist the Sheriff’s Aviation Division with the investigation.
The cause of the collision is unknown at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
On their Twitter page, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department posted this tweet saying, “Feels like yesterday that sheriff JOHN McMAHON swore Rebecca in. It’s a tragic and sad day for all of us. May God watch over her parents.”
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