2 die in plane crash near Julian

‘Ping’ from cell phone helps rescuers locate wreckage in Volcan preserve

Thursday, Oct. 10—The bodies of a man and woman were found early today in the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed in rugged terrain near Julian on a flight from Palm Springs to Gillespie Field, authorities said.

A sheriff’s search and rescue team, along with deputies from Julian and a U.S. Border Patrol team, made the discovery around 12:45 a.m. on the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, roughly four miles northeast of Julian, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Dave Schaller.

The single-engine fixed-wing aircraft was reported missing by Gillespie Field officials around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. They told deputies that contact with the plane was lost somewhere over the Julian area, Schaller said.

The sheriff’s department had originally wanted to use helicopters in the search but changed plans because of the sleet, snow and high winds, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Don Parker. A ground search was conducted instead, with rescuers utilizing a “ping” from the pilot’s cell phone number that allowed them to locate the wreckage, Parker said.

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Oct 10 2013. Filed under Backcountry, News, Sheriff/Fire. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

6 Comments for “2 die in plane crash near Julian”

  1. Bruce

    Was it a Piper or a Mooney? Saying "Piper Mooney" is like saying "Ford Plymouth." Piper and Mooney are two different makes of airplane. Which one crashed?

    • MainStreet Media

      You're correct. I deleted the type of plane, since the sheriff's department reported it as a Piper Mooney, but, as you point out, that doesn't make sense.
      Thank you.
      Maureen

  2. Really?

    Does the type of plane matter? I doubt the accuracy of the plane's manufacturer is something the victims' family cares about. Sometimes I'm amazed at the lack of sensitivity and common sense some people who post exhibit.

    • Kevin

      It wouldn't bother you at all if the news reported, "2 dead tonight after a Toyota Honda crashes into a pole"? It's reasonable to call it out. Especially for those in aviation who want to know if it is a plane type that they fly, and therefore might take a greater interest in the cause.

      • Really?

        Wow! Apparently the plane is more important to you than the lives lost. Let's just hope you're never in a position to have to read a post where all the person seemed to care about was the make and model of the car/plane your loved one was in, and let's hope that the rest of the aviation enthusiasts around here are more sensitive to what's important than the two who posted here.

  3. CChurchill

    I pray for the familys of the crash, it is very sad . MY husband informed me that a small dog was also on that plane…any info on this ?
    Is the dog alive ?

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