Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies coordinating the search in the Angeles National Forest. Courtesy LASD
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies coordinating the search in the Angeles National Forest. Courtesy LASD

Authorities Tuesday identified a pilot who was killed when his small plane crashed near Altadena in the Angeles National Forest.

Thomas Bruff, 57, of San Diego, was the lone occupant of the Cessna 182, which was located about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the 4,000-foot level about four miles north of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Authorities received a report about 8:20 a.m. Sunday that the plane, which crashed into a rugged cliffside of Brown Mountain, was missing, said Capt. Bill Song of the sheriff’s Crescenta Valley station.

Radar data from Flightaware.com showed that the Cessna departed at 7:37 that morning from Montgomery Field in San Diego.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the plane had been en route to Santa Monica on an instrument flight plan. Contact with ground controllers was lost about 8:30 a.m. when the plane was 17 miles east of Van Nuys Airport.

Search-and-rescue teams and the Los Angeles County Fire Department took part in a massive ground search to locate the wreckage because foggy conditions hindered the air search and body recovery effort.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the crash.

—City News Service

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