Two confirmed dead in Alpine airplane crash


Not long after midnight Thursday, Alpine County Sheriff’s deputies were notified of an overdue aircraft.

The aircraft’s GPS transponder was plotting in the Willow Creek area near Luther Pass. Deputies responded and located a crashed single-engine aircraft adjacent to Willow Creek Road. The aircraft had two individuals on board. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Alpine County Sheriff’s deputies are handling the coroner’s investigation.

Identification of the two decedents will be withheld at this time until proper notification to next of kin have been made. This investigation is ongoing and no other information will be released at this time, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Forest Service were notified and responded to handle their respective investigations into the crash.

An NTSB social media post identified the aircraft as a Luscombe 8A aircraft.

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