Pilot of Cessna That Plunged Into San Francisco Bay Identified

By Lisa Fernandez, Riya Bhattacharjee and Wires
|  Thursday, May 1, 2014  |  Updated 1:40 PM PDT
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Missing Plane's Fuselage May Have Been Found in San Francisco Bay

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Crews Recover Cessna That Plunged Into San Francisco Bay

Crews working with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office Wednesday recovered the wreckage of a plane that plunged into the San Franciso Bay last weekend after colliding with a Korean War-era plane. Mark Matthews reports.

Missing Plane's Fuselage May Have Been Found in San Francisco Bay

The Contra Costa Sheriff's Department announced at a press conference Tuesday that recovery teams are still trying to find the pilot of the Cessna that plunged into the San Francisco Bay Sunday.
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The Contra Costa County Coroner has identified the pilot of the Cessna that went down in the San Pablo Bay on Thursday as a 33-year-old Sacramento man.

David Everett Plumb's body was recovered on Wednesday during the salvage operation to recover the plane, according to Contra Costa County Sheriff's Sgt. Jimmy Lee. The coroner ruled he died of "blunt force injuries."

Plumb's Cessna plunged into the bay near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge late Sunday afternoon after it smashed into a vintage Hawker Sea Fury TMK 20. Witnesses at Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor said the Cessna spiraled out of control and crashed into the choppy water. Debris was found in the bay after the collision.

The Hawker  and its pilot landed safely at the Eagle's Nest Airport in the small California city of Ione in Amador County at about 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Both planes had departed from Eagle's Nest Airport to participate in the Pacific Coast Dream Machines, an annual festival at Half Moon Bay Airport that features a variety of planes, motorcycles and cars.

Both planes left Half Moon Bay, about 20 miles south of San Francisco, and were on their return flight to Ione.

It was not immediately clear why the planes were flying so close together during the passing maneuver

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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