Posted by: Devon Miller
Officials have confirmed that at least two individuals have been killed as a result of a plane crash near the I-5 Freeway in the Newhall Pass.
UPDATE (5:45 p.m.): Officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department have confirmed that two people were killed as a result of a plane crash near Sunshine Canyon Landfill, according to Marvin Lim with the department.
The wreckage of the plane was found around 5:30 p.m. Friday on a hill near the landfill, according to Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration.
The identities of the deceased individuals was unavailable as of Friday evening.
Original Post: The crash was reported at about 2:55 p.m. Friday near the 5 Freeway and Weldon Canyon Road, according to Marvin Lim, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
“We are getting reports it was over a landfill,” Lim said. “They are still searching.”
An employee at Sunshine Canyon Landfill reported seeing an aircraft with engine problems, according to Fire officials.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is assisting in the investigation, according to Gregor, spokesperson for the agency.
“A single-engine Mooney M20 disappeared from radar while inbound to Van Nuys Airport around 1:50 p.m.,” Gregor said. “Local authorities are searching for the plane.”
The aircraft had departed from Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in North Bend, Oregon, according to Gregor.
There are steep, muddy conditions and limited visibility on dirt roads in the area, according to L.A. County Fire officials.
The incident commander ordered all-terrain and four-by-four capable fire apparatus and a bulldozer team to assist with difficult access conditions.