SUNOL (KRON) — Fire crews were looking for a possibly crashed aircraft in the Sunol area of Alameda County Tuesday afternoon.
At around 3:45 p.m., the Alameda County Fire Department tweeted wreckage from the missing plane has been located near Palomares Road in Castro Valley. The plane was found in bushy terrain.
The Alameda County Fire Department received reports of a downed aircraft in the area at 12:02 p.m.
The pilot of the plane is presumed dead, a fire spokeswoman said.
Family identified the pilot as John Sacco. Family members said he owns an environmental consulting firm called Earthshine Consulting.
The family also said he usually flies to the Bay Area for business. Sacco was described as very experienced with flying planes.
The remains have not yet been officially identified by authorities.
A body found at the scene of a small plane crash in a rural area of Alameda County today is believed to be the pilot’s, a fire spokeswoman said.
Air traffic controllers lost contact with the pilot of a Piper PA-32 single-engine plane at about 11:30 a.m. as the plane was en route from Lincoln in Placer County to Oakland, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesperson with Federal Aviation Administration.
The plane was about 12 miles east of Oakland International Airport, FAA officials said.
Images from the scene show heavy fog in the area.
Crews are still working to confirm the reports and find the aircraft. Firefighters from both the Alameda County department and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department are searching for it, fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles.
Two firefighters were injured in the search, but the injuries are not life-threatening.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office will be taking over the recovery efforts, Knowles said.
Bay City News contributed to this report.