- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - A small plane that disappeared Tuesday while traveling to Oakland was found crashed hours later, and a body has been found among the wreckage, the Alameda County Fire Department said.

The wreckage was found in Castro Valley, just south of Oakland, and crews were trying to determine what resources are needed to recover the plane and the body from steep, bushy terrain, Alameda County Fire Department spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane, with tail number N323PA, was registered to John Sacco, of Rocklin. Authorities haven’t said if Sacco was flying the plane.

Officials with the Alameda County Coroner’s Office were en route to the crash site Tuesday evening, Knowles said.

Knowles said the department received reports of a downed aircraft, which was traveling from Lincoln, California, to Oakland and that firefighters and sheriff’s deputies located the wreckage in a rural area.

She said two firefighters were injured trying to avoid a falling tree that was damaged when the plane crashed against it.

Air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with the Piper PA-32 on Tuesday morning about 12 miles east of Oakland International Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The crash comes two days after a single-engine plane, carrying a family of five from Gilroy crashed near Bakersfield, killing everyone on board.


Information from: KCRA-TV.

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