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Report on Fatal Mt. Diablo Plane Crash Released, Cause Not Revealed

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    East Bay Family Grieving After Plane Crash Near Mt. Diablo

    An East Bay family was in mourning Sunday after a plane crash near Mount Diablo on Friday killed the pilot. Marianne Favro reports. (Published Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019)

    The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Wednesday on the plane crash that killed a student pilot earlier this month in the Mt. Diablo area of unincorporated Contra Costa County, but did not reveal the cause of the crash.

    Based on radar data, investigators believe the plane was traveling northeast, and repeatedly made slight turns to the north, until it crashed around 8:10 p.m. roughly three-quarters of a mile southwest of Mt. Diablo's summit, roughly 1,000 feet below the peak, and disappeared from radar.

    No flight plan had been filed when 49-year-old Chris de Bar of Granite Bay took off from the Hayward Executive Airport, but he was reported missing by a family member when he failed to arrive at his planned destination.

    Pilot Dead After Small Engine Plane Crash in Mount DiabloPilot Dead After Small Engine Plane Crash in Mount Diablo

    The FAA is investigating a small engine plane that crashed in Mount Diablo early Saturday morning. The pilot on board died and officials are investigating the cause of the crash. Roz Plater reports.

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019)

    A search was organized, but the wreckage went unnoticed until the following day, when it was found by hikers around 2:30 p.m. Investigators from the NTSB responded to the scene, where they found a debris field roughly 100 feet long.

    The Mooney M20F sustained major damage from the impact, as well as a post-impact fire, according to NTSB investigators. They transported the wreckage to a secure facility for further examination.

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