2 Killed After Downed Plane Found Near Big Bear City

Only one of the two victims, a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy, has been identified

Two fatalities were reported after a downed airplane was found near Big Bear City on Sunday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Aviation Division located the plane around 9:30 a.m. in "the remote county area of the Big Bear Mountains," said the department's Public Information Officer, Jodi Miller.

The airplane, a Cessna 172, crashed "under unknown circumstances after departure from Big Bear City Airport," said Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Allen Kenitzer. Crews began searching for the plane on Saturday, Kenitzer said.

The airplane was located through an on-board emergency transmitter, said Big Bear City Airport general manager Dustin Leno.

Rebecca Joan Raymond, 28, was identified as one of the plane crash victims. 

She was a San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Barstow Sheriff’s Station and had been with the department since September 2016, sheriff’s officials said.

"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," the department tweeted

An adult male was also killed in the crash, but his identity has not yet been released. 

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