Sheriff's deputies say the plane went down in steep terrain. That, combined with the darkness and the recent rain, will delay the operation until Wednesday morning.
View of steep terrain & plane wreckage located by Alameda County firefighters, ACSO deputies & EBRPD off of... https://t.co/MzIvq6CM40— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) December 23, 2015
John Sacco was on his way to Oakland from Lincoln in Placer County. He lost contact with air traffic control around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Search crews found the wreckage in a deep canyon near Palomares Road in Castro Valley.
Officials believe weather may have played a role in the crash.
Photo: view of the steep terrain and plane wreckage located by Alameda County firefighters,… https://t.co/uRHlySHrQq— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) December 23, 2015
"It's a fairly large area of wreckage, looks like the plane may have clipped some treetops before crashing into the ground. It's a very rough, difficult terrain. It's probably had 3 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, so it's very muddy, slippery, difficult to get to," Alameda County Sheriff's Dept. spokesperson J.D. Nelson said.
Deputies will remain to secure the scene overnight.
Two firefighters injured while locating wreckage of plane. It's believed pilot died and was only person on board— Janet O (@JanetONews) December 23, 2015