A 20-year-old woman is dead after a small plane carrying her and two other people crashed in a remote area of the Cleveland National Forest northeast of the Ramona airport, Cal Fire officials confirmed.
A 28-year-old man and a 25-year-old man survived the crash. They have been transported to Palomar Hospital with minor injuries. They were flying from the American Aviation Academy out of Gillespie Field, Cal Fire says. It was an instructor-student flight.
"The fact that we had two survivors absolutely is fortunate for them, but, again, we are dealing with a fatality and there's going to be a family out there that's going to be grieving," Isaac Sanchez of Cal Fire tells NBC 7.
The Cessna 172 crashed Sunday afternoon north of the 19100 block of Horizon View Drive, according to San Diego County Sheriff's officials and Cal Fire officials. The area is north-northeast of Ramona on the side of a mountain, says Allen Kenitzer, media relations with the FAA.
The crash is in a remote area, making it difficult for crews to access the plane.
The FAA and the NTSB will investigate. The cause of the crash is not known.
No other information is available.
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