ALAMEDA COUNTY(KRON) — One person is dead after a plane crashed in rural Alameda County either late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
Civil Air Patrol pilots spotted the wreckage of small plane around 8:30 Friday morning, just outside of Livermore.
The plane crashed in a rural area of hills and trees, near Rowell Ranch Rodeo. That’s near the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin, Castro Valley and Hayward.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson said there aren’t any homes close by, so it’s possible that nobody heard the crash.
Nelson said that the crash ignited a small grass fire. That fire put itself out because of rain, fog and mist in the area.
Ian Gregor, a spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration said that according to preliminary information, a single-engine Cessna 210 was heading to San Jose’s Reid-Hillview Airport from Concord was supposed to arrive on Thursday, but was overdue.
Acting Director of Santa Clara County Airports Eric Peterson said that if a pilot does not call into air traffic control saying he or she has arrived, the FAA will start a search by calling airports along the plane’s planned route to see if the pilot landed and failed to call the tower.
Gregor said that according to local authorities, the pilot was the only person on board.
The National Transportation Safety Board will lead an investigation into the crash, with help from the FAA.
The victim’s name has not yet been released.