By Susan A. Neufeld
UPDATE 3 – Tuesday August 1, 11:25 a.m.
The male victim has been identified as Brian Robert White , age 30. The investigation is ongoing, additional information will be released as it becomes available.
UPDATE 2 – Sunday July 30, 4:45 p.m..
A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was identified Sunday as one of two people killed in the crash.
Authorities were dispatched to the Apple Valley Airport around 10:30 p.m. Saturday in search of a car belonging to Rebecca Joan Raymond 28 years old. A caller said Raymond and a man were flying from Big Bear and were overdue. San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies found the car at the airport and contacted the airport division for help to locate the two people. The man has not been identified.
Raymond worked for the Barstow Sheriff’s Station and had been with the department since September 2016.
UPDATE 1 – SUNDAY JULY 30 12:45 P.M.
It has been confirmed that the aircraft took off from the Big Bear Airport yesterday, July 29, around 2:30 p.m. Between that time and 9:30 a.m, July 30, authorities received a signal from and emergency locator transmitter (ELT) alerting them of the crash. It is not known if the crash occurred right after take off or upon return to the Airport.
Big Bear, CA – A small airplane has crashed in Big Bear, just south of the Big Bear Airport, in the Sawmill Canyon area.
Details are sketchy at this time but is believed to have crashed overnight. The type of aircraft is unknown.
SBSO Air Rescue 6 has been over the scene, lowered two personnel to the wreckage and just confirmed there are two fatalities.
Will update as details become available.