One Person Dead in Big Bear Plane Crash

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The pilot of a small plane classified as "experimental" by the Federal Aviation Administration was killed in a crash near a Big Bear campsite Monday.

The report of an aircraft down was made around 10:45 a.m. near the Fawnskin area of the Grout Bay campground, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Emergency personnel found the solo occupant of the plane dead on arrival, according to a tweet from the fire department. No fire was reported in the crash.

Records show that the plane's registration with the FAA had been expired since Dec. 2013.

Ian Gregor of the FAA said the crash, for unknown reasons, happened shortly after the plane departed from Big Bear City Airport. The FAA is investigating the incident.

Clear skies, good visibility and light winds were reported in Fawnskin near where the crash occurred.

The campground is located on the north shore of Big Bear Lake, according to the United States Forest Service.

The fatal crash comes less than a week after a man and two women survived a small plane crash in the rugged mountains nearby in Big Bear. Firefighters called their survival a "miracle."

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