UPDATE: July 30, 4:30 p.m. — San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies are mourning one of their own following a fatal plane crash south of Big Bear City. Rebecca Joan Raymond, 28, has been identified as one of two victims of the crash. She was a deputy assigned to the Barstow station.
An adult male also died in the crash. His name has not been released pending notification of family.
According to a press release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, around 10:30 p.m. July 29 deputies at The Apple Valley Police Department were asked to respond to the Apple Valley Airport. They were asked to search for a vehicle belonging to Raymond.
Raymond and the male were flying into Apole Valley and were overdue, according to authorities. The victim’s vehicle was found at the airport. The Sheriff’s Department Aviation Division was alerted and began a search between Big Bear and Apple Valley airports.
On July 30 the crew of Sheriff’s Department helicopter 40King located a single engine aircraft down in the Sawmill Canyon area near Bear Mountain Resort. A flight crew member was hoisted to the wreckage and found the male and Raymond both deceased.
Raymond has been with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department since September 2016. It’s unknown who was piloting the aircraft.
The FAA and NTSB are assisting the Sheriff’s Aviation Division in investigating the cause of the crash.
UPDATE: July 30, 11:21 a.m. — The general manager of the Big Bear City Airport District, Dustin Leno, has confirmed that a single engine…
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